Neighborhood Party. Framed oil on canvas by Melissa Jander.
“Thanks again for the opportunity to show my work in your wonderful space. See you on May 7th!” -Melissa Jander
Yes, indeed, the artist Melissa Jander will meet and greet art patrons at the opening of the In Full Flower exhibition at Fairweather’s during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk on May 7th, 5- 7 p.m., in addition to speaking about her fabulous artistic journey.
In Full Flower, an exquisite exhibition through the month of May, features the perfection of flowers depicted in art and display. Flowers are nature’s gift, dating back at least 125 million years. Most importantly, flowers commemorate passages in our life. They express hope in a single bloom.
In addition living works of flowers will be showcased in a veritable collection of vignettes created by interior designer/ gallery owner Denise Fairweather to compliment new floral art from accomplished regional artists Micheal Muldoon, Rebecca Gore, Savvy Dani, Melissa Jander, Paul Brent, Lori Wallace-Lloyd,and Marga Stanley.
Melissa Jander is an artist working out of her studio in the Seattle area, and was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Education and experience include a liberal arts degree from Washington State University, a Graphic Design Certificate from the Art Institute of Seattle, and a Web Design Certificate from Bellevue College. She has also received instruction through workshops at the Gage Academy in Seattle, Kirkland Arts Center and other artist workshops. After working in the business world as a graphic designer and in other professional marketing roles, she is seriously pursuing her art, working in oils and acrylics on canvas. She joined local art groups and participated in juried group and solo shows, art fairs, and artist-in-action demos.
Current art associations include OPA, AIS, Evergreen Association of Fine Arts, Plein Aire Washington Artists, and Northwest Artists in Action.
Waves of Gold. Original oil deep cradled wood panel by Melissa Jander.
“I try to create art that engages the viewer through the bold use of color, expressive brushstrokes and layered textures. I am deeply inspired by the beauty all around that I have to respond to it with paint. It might be the imperfect and rugged beauty of a sun-dappled and decaying forest floor, or the dancing luminescent blooms blowing in a field of flowers.” –Melissa Jander
Morning Song. Cool Pink Hydrangea. Original oils by Melissa Jander.
“I try to be as expressive with paint and color as possible, while still staying fairly representational. I love to offer the viewer an opportunity to engage a familiar subject while still leaving room to wander, play and fill in the gaps of interpretation. Painting this way gives me such joy, and I’m compelled to share it.”–Melissa Jander
Bright Spot. Original oil by Melissa Jander.
In addition to private sales nationwide, Melissa has sold paintings through Fairweather House & Gallery in Seaside, OR, Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA, Parklane Gallery in Kirkland, WA, Tsuga Fine Art in Bothell, WA. She has shown work at the UpFront Art Gallery in Issaquah, WA, Studio 103 Gallery, Gallery North, Kirkland Arts Center, and the EAFA gallery at Seattle Design Center both in Seattle.
Q: What does plein air mean?
A: Plein air is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means ‘in the open air’. It’s a familiar concept today, yet it was the Impressionists who embraced plein-air painting with the greatest enthusiasm, as it was in the late 1800s when they ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject.
Melissa Jander en plein air painting.
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