Enriching the Arts

Featured Artist: Melanie Morstad, BFA, ASA


Life In The Bike Lane 30" x 30", Acrylic & Inks, $1,100

Life In The Bike Lane, Melanie Morstad

Biography 

One can hardly grow up under the canvas of Saskatchewan’s “Living Skies” without feeling an intimate connection to the vast landscapes that often inspire the paintings of Melanie Morstad. As an active outdoor enthusiast, Melanie’s passion for nature is boldly expressed with colour and an emotional connection.Melanie’s Business Degree in Marketing combined with the study of painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design, has led to a thriving career as a professional artist.

She curated and implemented over 175 pieces of original art in a permanent outdoor gallery in Alberta’s Fish Creek Provincial Park. She is the President of the Burns Visual Arts Society, co-founder of the Parkland Solstice Festival Society, full member of the Alberta Society of Artists and participates in various arts organizations. A positive and enthusiastic mentor, Melanie has developed a loyal following of students since 2005. Her work can be found in numerous collections and galleries.

Night Magic, 40" x 30", Acrylic Mixed Media, $1,500

Night Magic, Melanie Morstad

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

Melanie: Growing up under the canvas of Saskatchewan’s “Living Skies” has profoundly influenced my artistic vision.  My inspiration predominantly comes from nature:  light dancing in abstract reflections on water, trees bowing to the wind, the contemplation of a gurgling creek, the passionate hues of sunset.

The common thread throughout my paintings is an energetic expression of colour.

My early watercolours impact my paintings today.  I love the fluidity of water-based media but seek an extra punch of colour and texture which I find in Acrylic inks, paints and mediums.

While attending ACAD as a mature student, experimentation and exploration led me to artists who pushed the boundaries of colour and emotion in their work.    The German Expressionists, Impressionists, Fauves and Abstract Expressionists lit my fire.  Artists like Helen Frankenthaler, Emile Nolde, Georgia O’Keeffe, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, John Singer Sargent, Emily Carr and Robert Genn are among my influences.

Twirl And Swirl, 24" x 24", Acrylic And Inks, $900

Twirl And Swirl, Melanie Morstad

ASA: What would you consider to be your most successful body of work to date?

Melanie: My work is always changing as I evolve as an artist.  I am most excited about the latest body of work for an upcoming exhibition at Canmore’s Hive Gallery in October. The show, called “Discovery” pushes the boundaries of subject matter and how I use materials resulting in more playfulness, surface texture and energy.  Known for my landscapes and nature influenced imagery; I am exploring an urban vibe through the figure, bicycle and street scenes.  A few images from this exhibition are attached.  For me, the paintings are visceral, tactile, expressive and stimulating.  This body of work represents personal discoveries made through travel, walking my dog and playing.

ASA and TREX Address

Crossroads Art Centre
#305 - 1235 26th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1R7
ASA Phone: (403) 265-0012
TREX Phone: (403) 262-4669

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