Photograph of Artist MELISSA WEST
MELISSA WEST
Santa Cruz, California - United States



Original Artworks (4)

Melissa West; Challenger, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 19 x 30 inches.
Melissa West
Original Mixed Media, 2004
19 x 30 inches (48.3 x 76.2 cm)
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Melissa West; Osprey, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 15 inches.
Melissa West
Original Mixed Media, 2004
30 x 15 inches (76.2 x 38.1 cm)
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Melissa West; Untitled, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 20 x 14 inches.
Melissa West
Original Mixed Media, 2004
20 x 14 inches (50.8 x 35.6 cm)
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Melissa West; Tern, 2004, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 14 inches.
Melissa West
Original Mixed Media, 2004
30 x 14 inches (76.2 x 35.6 cm)
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Artist Statement

My paintings begin with a movement: a circle, a spiral, a sweep of the arm. I believe that certain shapes resonate with us because we recognize at some deep and primitive level that they were made by a human hand. We recognize and even feel that span of arm, that circle of hand and wrist. The line created by hand speaks to us, and says “human”. It reaffirms that we exist, and that we are not alone in the world. It is a powerful form of magic.

It is the overlap between nature and magic that I find most interesting. Over time I’m finding that my landscapes and abstract paintings draw closer together in style and emotion. In either case, the act of painting is a journey and exploration, both of my inner and outer worlds.
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