Inspired by nature, artist Melody Cleary creates intuitive abstract paintings filled with texture and mark making. See more of her portfolio by visiting her website.
My art is heavily influenced by the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest where I live.
The theme of trees and water dominate many of my works throughout my artistic life which began more than forty years ago.
For many of those years I painted from my own photos in a realistic and impressionistic style using a lot of color. Then, for a period of time, I ventured into acrylic and collage, making my own acrylic stained papers and creating a number of abstracts.
About three years ago, I found myself bored and physically tired due to a progressive disability that makes brushwork painful, so I took an online abstract workshop. Over the course of a year, I learned how to loosen up and work from a place of “not knowing” or intuitively.
The works shown here represent my new found interest and fascination with abstract painting; yet, the spirit of nature still comes through in each piece. It is a part of my soul and I love it.
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Introduced to new tools and marking media, I began moving away from creating perfect brush strokes. This led me to discover wonderful textural marks that I find very exciting.
All of these unexpected surprises and discoveries in my artistic development have made me feel that my art has more energy and excitement than ever before.
Part of my continuing studies involve using lighter color values and a simplified color palette to achieve a more pleasing and cohesive design. Neutral gray has become a very important part of my palette for color mixing.
Acrylic is my primary medium. Along with acrylic I use watermedia crayons, graphite and charcoal pencils. Sometimes the works are one hundred percent acrylic.
Abstraction has given me the freedom to do whatever I want to the blank surface with different mark-making tools. My imagination and intuition take over—adding and subtracting elements until I am pleased with the outcome. Without a plan, I find that creating an artwork can be frustrating and rewarding at the same time.
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