Melissa Shawnee received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Southern Connecticut State University in 1999.
In Melissa’s realistic paintings, she uses the technical skill of molding to bring life and drama to inanimate objects. By using light and shadow with great contrast as well as subtle transition, she is able to bestow upon her subjects undeniable emotion, giving life to the lifeless.
Her inspiration comes, in part, from the iconic pop images of Warhol, the dramatic use of light by Dutch Masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer, and the surreal, weird, wonder of Salvador Dali.
In her figurative works, Melissa is expressing the energy of life and the transference of that energy beyond death. Things are being born, growing, dying, and, cycling onward. And ‘onward’ is the key in these works. The idea of energy never being created or destroyed, Melissa is using forms of life, with movements of grace and tranquility, to express, positively, all of the seasons as well as the continuation of our energy beyond this world we think we know.
Melissa’s intention is to bring joy and intrigue, to make the viewer stop and step in for a closer look.
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