It’s always a special treat when I have the chance to feature the work of a friend. I’ve known Melanie Biehle for several years, and it’s been incredible to watch the creative journey she’s taken as her painting style has grown and evolved. My favorites at the moment are the seemingly self-contained cityscapes she builds out of nothing.
I use watercolors, gouache, acrylics, oils, and pastels to translate inspiration from my travels, whether the journey is just down the street or across a wide ocean. I’m inspired by the architecture and energy of cities and the movement and meditative qualities of oceans and lakes. My work is strongly influenced by street art, 60s romantic comedies, mid-century modern textiles, and Southern California surf culture.
I have a tendency to obsessively collect images. This practice inspires my art narratives, abstract paintings, and surface designs. I capture color palettes, patterns, and motifs from the rough texture of seashells, the interesting shapes of a building, glossy fashion editorials, and my personal library of contemporary art and mid-century modern design books.
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