I wonder myself sometimes why I make art? I am moved, emotionally effected by exposure. Whether to Nature in all its glory– The reverberations of instrumentation. French horn, trombone, strings, the oboe.
The smell of salt air; life lived always near the sea.
The perfume of gardens grown. All of it feeds me.
How I digest it and am validated is through following in the service of the visual artist. I draw and paint because that is a part of my language. If it stirs my blood, then it’s in. And so, it is the connection between my heart and hand which brings the energy to my pictures. – Jo-Anna Melrose
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… are the things that inform Jo-Anna Melrose’s work. The fervent use of line cannot to be ignored. At times it boldly encircles a flower with as much verve as the color within, or spills into the foreground like a wild river. In other works, lines are drawn like a subtle language within the nature-scapes, telling a tale no one else is privy to, but the viewer can’t help but want to understand. Melrose makes work that pleases most, and tantalizes the discerning.