Why do I paint? I first started painting in college. My college roommate was an art major. We would sit and paint, music in the background, exploring whatever came to mind. In 2015 my life changed. I was in the middle of my doctorate for theater history and theory. I was the Director of Operations for an Arts Center. I curated arts shows, managed several theatre, dance, and music acts, scheduling, booking, maintaining the space, fixing HVAC issues, etc. I was also an international plus model signed with Wilhelmina Models. I left it all in 2010 to go to graduate school for theatre. But at the crux of 2015, tired and exhausted I began testing for what was happening with me medically. After many tests, I was finally diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. This diagnosis which took years to determine finally gave me answers to some of my manic energy levels - the very high and the very low- my newfound levels of both anxiety and depression, and how quickly my thought processes and physical abilities changed daily. This diagnosis forced me to look at my environment, personal relationships, and how I wanted to exist in the world. I went through quite a bit to get this diagnosis including swallowing a radioactive smoking pill (I felt like maybe it would give me super powers...it did not). My manic moments had increased. Dealing with levels of anxiety and depression I had never experienced, I tried to find something I could use as a survival mechanism. Over the years painting had been a private way to deal with stressful times. I began to paint daily and decided to share my work with the public. I received a beautiful, large easel as a gift. This present set something off in my soul. I created a studio space in my house for the easel and I painted. And I painted. And I painted. Something had been triggered. I continue to paint daily. Every time I paint, I feel like I am securing a small bit of sanity for myself. Every painting is diving into a host of physical embodiments and emotional energetic charges. I don't shy away from darkness if it appears, I sink myself into it. I explore, I feel, I live. So perhaps not every abstract work is happy clouds and trees (those exist in my work too) but each painting is a living archive to a moment filled with emotion, space, and life. My breath is in each painting and I embrace the weights, the flaws, the shifts of each painting. My hope is that you might look at something and feel that moment in life and find the beauty that exists in the work for you.
New 8 x 8 inch highly textured abstract acrylic painting available. Great for small spaces and with a thick gallery wrapped canvas, there is no need for a frame.
"Abstracted scapes, objects, figures crafted through faded memories, hauntings, and the subconscious. Fantastical daydreams, disconnected desires, nostalgia that can never actually exist in the real. Most of what I paint is in the moment a framed image of where I want to be standing, looking on, looking in. Even if the image is a distant memory, it is still unattainable. While my works focus in the desire, beauty, serenity, and longing that exists in dreams, nostalgia, and desire, there is a bit of despair and sadness hidden in the layers of each painting. I guess a bit of the human." - Melissa Minniefee
Since it was Thanksgiving yesterday, I just wanted to say how blessed I feel right now in my artistic life. Only a year and a half ago I decided to paint full time. Since then I have sold numerous paintings, a collector resold my work for three times the amount, and tonight I have my second gallery art show. All of these things keep me going because it is part of a larger knowledge that people are connecting to my work. That connection and the financial ability it gives me to keep creating is more than I could ask for at this time. Thankful for you all and for visiting my site. I hope that you find something that speaks to you. Much love from the west coast. If you are a San Diego local, come by the C Note show at Ashton Gallery/ Art on 30th tonight from 6pm - 8pm. The walls will be covered with beautiful art and all the studios upstairs will be open for perusing too.
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my artwork. I am currently undertaking a large overhaul of this website before Fall semester is here. I have some very exciting things lined up for the next few months. I spent the past few months attempting to get paintings done with two "bored" children in the house. I am glad school is starting soon for them too. This summer was magical; I became an aunt for the first time....yay for aunties! I also had the opportunity to check out so much fantastic art from fellow San Diego artists. If you enjoy outdoor art festivals that cater to fine artists that specialize in paintings, sculptures, or photography, I highly recommend the Artwalk series of outdoor festivals in Little Italy, Liberty Station, and Carlsbad. Also don't forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter. The newsletter is the best way to find out first about new available artwork, exhibitions, and more. Welcome to my page and thank you for following me along on this journey of living the best life I can. Support living artists. Best to you!