Melissa Gannon

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Bio

A love of color is a driving force behind Melissa Gannon’s art—first in watercolor then acrylic, pastel, mixed media, and oil.

Melissa enjoys painting nature. Her inspiration comes from travel, hiking, and exploring her local area. Her home in the Pacific Northwest provides ready access to the coast, rivers, mountains and desert. She loves painting outdoors—portraying a perfect peaceful place in the woods, a bird surveying the world, or the vibrancy of a bunch of daisies. She finds that observations made in plein air painting enhance her studio work.

Melissa

Along with creating art, Melissa shares her skills and knowledge through classes and workshops. She began teaching in 2001 and finds that it enhances her work as she strives to find challenging material for the fast-growing skills of her students. Some of her students have attended her classes for over ten years, and she loves seeing their artistic expression grow.

Galleries exhibiting Melissa’s work include Earthworks Gallery in Yachats, OR; Infusion Gallery in Troutdale, OR; Aurora Gallery in Vancouver, WA; and Ryrie & Me in Reno, NV. She participates in local shows including the Gresham Art Walk and the Oregon City Festival of the Arts.

Artist Statement

Each painting is a journey of discovery. Influenced by the Impressionists, I love to explore layering and arranging colors into vibrant patterns of light and beauty that unfold onto the canvas and reflect the joy inherent in the world around us.

Nature is the primary model I paint from. I’m attracted to the shapes formed by light and shadow, the mosaic of sun-dappled leaves, or the visual delight of a meadow of wildflowers seen from a mountainside trail. I seek to share the wonder of these experiences in my work and bring a piece of nature’s bounty indoors for all to enjoy.

Early Evening Magic
 

 

Inspiration

Much of my inspiration comes from the outdoors. Many of my paintings are inspired from hikes and trips with my family. The following photos were taken on my travels this Summer. I visited Friday Harbor, Florence and many places in between. It's SO GREAT to have so many ideas to pull from for paintings! Such WONDERFUL scenery!
Beach Ocean
Sand Dune Lime Kiln Lighthouse
Trees
Butterfly
Dahlia