Cambria, on the central coast offers a plethora of subjects that draw visitors from over the world. Her favorite subjects are the old ranches shaded by eucalyptus and oak trees snuggled in the golden hills hidden down tree tunneled country roads. Down the hill from her home is the softly trailed Moonstone Beach....its charm is the many tide pools and preserved native plants and grasses. The old village has many picket fences with rambling roses planted by the first Italian-Swiss settlers along with their remaining homes all making nostalgic subjects for Melanee’s paintings.
The feeling of atmosphere and gentle lighting on simple everyday life in the country capture her attention and this is the story she wishes to tell in her paintings. Like any good story teller , to be effective requires skill and a working knowledge of our tools, likewise good drawing ability and sense of color and light are reflected in her oil paintings. She continually tries to develop as a skilled artist telling a good and interesting story.
Melanee’s daughter, is also featured in the gallery. She likes
to create a mood or feeling that the viewer can also experience and
relate to in her paintings. The feeling could be one of repose, peacefulness,
thoughtfulness, contentment, camaraderie, or even loneliness. Her subject
matter is drawn from the world around her. Not from fiction. The figure
compositions are most often her friends or family, in settings familiar