Melissa Cole Art Collections
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Artwork by Melissa Cole
Each image may be purchased as a canvas print, framed print, metal print, and more! Every purchase comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Moonjelly Dance by Melissa Cole
Electric Kokanee by Melissa Cole
Lotus Koi Pond by Melissa Cole
Trout Alive by Melissa Cole
Waiting for Dinner by Melissa Cole
Tidepool Heron by Melissa Cole
Bayside Buffet by Melissa Cole
Fall Salmon by Melissa Cole
Last of the Blackberries by Melissa Cole
King of Bing by Melissa Cole
Octopus Blind Date by Melissa Cole
Mor Love by Melissa Cole
Ganga by Melissa Cole
Dancing with Stars by Melissa Cole
Pink Salmon Ball by Melissa Cole
Circle of Life by Melissa Cole
Corvida's Garden by Melissa Cole
Gossip in the Pines by Melissa Cole
Return to Eden by Melissa Cole
Leap of Faith by Melissa Cole
Marina by Melissa Cole
Aquamarine New Year by Melissa Cole
Tentacles by Melissa Cole
Concentration by Melissa Cole
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About Melissa Cole
I paint because I can lose myself entirely within that present moment. Over the last ten years I’ve been delighted to discover that with the most mundane ingredients: acrylic, canvas, copper, clay and wood, I can create something that seemingly vibrates with its own raw energy. That my creations can make people stop their mad hurtle through life to pause, breathe and enjoy an experience. I relish that!
Because of my past experience as a naturalist guide and my present marriage to a wildlife photographer, I’ve been lucky enough to snorkel with salmon, smooch baby gray whales and swim with tiger sharks. It is from these amazing encounters that I derive much of the inspiration for my vividly colored, heavily textured and patterned acrylic paintings. I am also influenced by a childhood spent in India, extensive travels abroad, and by my background in zoology.
Since I can remember, I have been attracted to unusual color combinations and intricate ethnic patterns. These I have seen in textiles, ceramics, paintings, carvings, stonework and stained glass from Mexico to Africa. I am especially drawn to specific patterns that can be found in the artwork of almost every culture. In each of my pieces you will find dotted designs, a distinct border pattern and plenty of texture. I frequently use mixed media, a fusion of different elements, to add tactile dimensionality and visual interest to my work.
My subject matter often includes flora, fauna and female figures. With animals, I am trying to capture their sense of movement and “personality” rather than a rendering in perfect biological detail. In my figurative paintings I enjoy exploring mythology and the melding of strength and sexuality within the female form. No matter what subject I paint, my style is consistent, although it is almost always nature that draws me in.