Between Earth and Sky – Solo Exhibition by Mellissa Read-Devine
Over the years I have come to care very much for Australia’s green spaces, fauna and flora. I often immerse myself in the bush and spend a lot of time in observation and appreciation before I create a painting.
I believe we are all called to be stewards of the natural world that surround our homes and cities; to protect and treasure what could easily be lost.
For me, painting is all about the process; I rarely have a finished work in my mind when I put brush to canvas. I enjoy the dance of mark making with strong sweeps of direction and tone that are eventually tamed into more representational imagery . With an electric palette and layered application of brush strokes I portray a vivid interpretation of the landscape around me.
I invite the viewer to see the Australian bush through a vibrant and optimistic vision of colour and light.
Mellissa’s vibrant yet calming works have been shown in numerous successful exhibitions internationally and throughout Australia, and she is the recipient of numerous Australian art prizes.
This is Mellissa’s first solo exhibition in Canberra.
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