We’re excited to present the 30 juried artists for Paint Annapolis 2017! Come see them paint June 4th-11th around Annapolis and the greater Anne Arundel County area.
Melanie spent the first eighteen years of her life on the plains of Kansas, watching the sun rise and set every day and the green, tan, and white of the changing seasons. She discovered Plein Air Painting about twenty years later while taking a summer course at the University of New Hampshire. She enjoyed the class so much that she took another class the following summer.
“With my previous job, I had the opportunity to travel to many places both around the US and the World. I think when you see a place on a daily basis, you take it for granted. As a visitor, you pay more attention and appreciate it more. I also discovered the beauty of more industrial environments, such as rusting structures. I enjoyed the opportunity to watch a pancake sunrise over Alaska’s North Slope, and to be in coastal and marine environments. I was surprised to discover pitcher plants in the wild in swamps in South Carolina. I feel we are all related in some way, and the experiences of visiting and painting a wide variety of places and subjects makes us appreciate the local beauty even more. The spontaneity and synchronicity of places and events is something I appreciate more each year.”
What favorite/interesting places have you traveled to?I am in pursuit of the best beach in the world. Besides Cape May, Chincoteague, and some Massachusetts beaches, my favorites include Bali, Ireland, St Peter-Bulle on the North Sea, and some state park beaches near Sopot, Poland. I flew into Genoa, Italy and drove with some friends from the Adriatic to the Baltic and saw many beautiful sights along the way.What’s your favorite color?turquoise
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?I once had a job assignment in Louisiana working on the start up on a chemical plant. Part of my job duties included climbing the 100 ft tall processing towers to see if all the work had been completed and the ladders and platforms were all securely attached.