Recent Posts by Melissa

Prelude to a Prance

One of my latest pieces, "Prelude to a Prance", was a very large 84"x84", oil on canvas. Irwin and Claude Lande of Montreal (Westmount) commissioned it. My clients wanted a painting that captured the horse's power. They wanted to feel the movement, sound and intensity of the horse lifting up the soil under its hoofs. I studied for days,...
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Hommage à Morrisseau

This is my latest mural, an hommage to Norval Morrisseau. It was produced by @mumtl for @mbamtl special thanks to our partners for making it happen - arrondissement de Ville Marie, Ville de Montréal, Destination Centre- Ville, le Musée des beaux arts de Montréal and to my lovely assistant @corinne_lachance. MU is a charitable non-profit organization whose mandate...
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Osheaga Arts and Music Festival

This year (2016 ), I was nominated for the 2016 Osheaga Arts and Music Festival. It's a multi-day, indie, music festival that is held annually in the summer at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène in Montreal. I hope that you stopped by the Osheaga Arts Village to see what local artists created for the festival. It was very...
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MURAL Festival Art Fair 2016

My sparrows are my latest work for deiNeri’s stand’ART. They were on exhibit at this year’s (June 2016) MURAL Festival Art Fair held at Le Capitol-Espace Infopresse at 4310 Saint Laurent, Montréal QC. The Art Fair brought together myself, Montreal artist OMEN and 9 other exhibitors: Galerie Bloom (Montréal), Station 16 (Montréal), #Hashtag Gallery (Toronto), Artêria Art Gallery (Bromont), Galerie D’Este (Montréal), Galerie...
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My Birds up Close

People know my work best for my dramatic, large-scale paintings and murals of photorealistic birds. It's a passion that I have had since childhood. However, it would be wrong to consider me a naturalist or wildlife artist. When I do a painting of a bird, I am not aiming for realism. I am trying to capture not only their image but...
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The Crow Takes Centre Stage

Wall art, public art, urban art or street art has evolved! It started as an underground movement linked to the hip-hop culture. At one time, it may have been called illegal art, graffiti art and even wall therapy. Now, it's international festivals in many major cities (Montreal, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Dallas, Lima, Buenos Aires and more), with artists who...
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Painting the Emperor’s Son

In March 2015, I was commissioned to paint a work of art inspired by L’Aiglon (The Eaglet), an opera in five acts, set to Alexandrine verse by Edmond Rostand. The Opera paints a picture of Napoleon’s son, Napoléon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, who was at birth proclaimed King of Rome. While he sought to free himself from the...
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Through the Eyes of a Child

My sculptured frames on mirrors or chair or as part of paintings are really a fusion of painting and sculpture. I believe that they defy categorization. I use rare finds and eclectic troves from our collective past - toy dinosaurs and soldiers, collected shells from seaside family vacations and the silk flowers from grandma’s house. I use retro toys and...
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La Petite du Musée

I have completed a significant number of commissioned pieces for various Canadian, American and international clients. In 2012, I was commissioned by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal's largest museum and amongst the most prominent in Canada, to do a painting for their 2012 - 2013 school bulletin. I decided to re-interpret William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s painting Parure des Champs. Using elements such as the crafts...
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