"My job as an artist is to capture the essence of a place, person or feeling, and to pass that onto others. It's a transformative process for me, as well as for the canvas. I grew up in nature, and my hope is that we all preserve the beautiful places so future generations can experience them as we have, it's a big part of why I paint landscape, it preserves them in memory for future generations."
Melanie Nogawski grew up in the mountains of Utah in a family of artists. As her mother and grandmother-both landscape painters-captured the surrounding environment on canvas, Melanie was inspired, and followed in their path. This artistic legacy is evident in Melanie's work, which takes two primary forms: Plein Air oil painting and abstract /mixed media painting. She draws her inspiration for the landscape paintings from the natural world: the trees and flowers, the mercurial sky and the land itself. She loves to travel, and to better know the country, she paints the landscape, the people, and the day to day activity. While she is perhaps most at home painting the beloved mountains of her childhood, Melanie finds beauty and value in nature the world over. In recent years, she has been fortunate to participate in international plein air workshops in Croatia ( 2005), France (2010), Hope Town, Bahamas ( 2011).
Melanie's art career began in college, and has included post-graduate study at Palos Verdes Art Center (2003-2007), Otis Art College (2006) and the Brentwood Art Center (2001 to present.) She has also studied with some of her favorite artists, Deborah Paris, Scott Christensen, Ada Brown, Bob Burridge, and Mario Murkovitz. She and her family divide their time between Southern California and Utah.
Melanie Nogawski Fine Art
1526 Sorrento Drive
Pacific Palisades, Ca 90272
Postcards, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamont Station in Santa Monica, Ca, 2011
Memories & Quiet Spaces April 2011
Locals Art Show, Park City, Dec. 2010,
Brentwood Art Center, Brentwood, CA, Student Show 2009, and 2010
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