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Bringing the Color to You

My name is Melanie.

After raising three children and a enjoying a career in early childhood special education, I started creating artwork in my middle years. One Christmas, my husband bought me a book called ‘Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered’. It was printed on watercolor paper and had a palette of paints built in at the bottom. It took several months and much coaxing to open it and begin painting but since that first day, I have lived and looked at life differently.  The colors are brighter, the contrasts deeper and my joy is greater.  

I consider myself an expressionist and a colorist.  I currently paint in oils with a palette knife.  In my art, I hope to share the joy of color as well as the joy that I feel when creating art.

My Inspiration

I describe my art as expressionistic in my use of color and impressionistic in style. I paint with the color palette of Monet. The colors are exaggerated and although you know what you are looking at, my renditions are not literal. I am inspired by nature, by travel, and by the energy of the many artists that I paint with.

Three Ways to Bring the Color Into Your Life

Buy an Original

You can own one of my original creations by contacting me for a private viewing. Many originals are on display at InterUrban ArtHouse in downtown Overland Park, Kansas. You can drop by the ArtHouse and browse on your own — and I highly recommend stopping on the third Friday of each month during Third Fridays when there is often live music and artists to visit with! In addition, my originals are on display at shows across the city. Check in on my upcoming events page for the latest information.


Art has been a part of my life since birth — but identifying as an artist was something I found for myself in my later years. What I want you to know is: It’s NEVER too late to explore your creativity! I enjoy sharing my technique with people and hold classes at InterUrban ArtHouse as well other venues in the city. Please scroll down the page for opportunities. If you have a group of friends who would like to host a painting class, please also feel free to reach out to me.

Order a Commission

Maybe you want me to create a painting just for you — one that will fit in a special place in your home or portray a special place or time in your life. To initiate this process, please reach out to me so we can discuss your individual needs. Commissions vary in scope, size, subject and specifications, so the price will vary accordingly. I am also available to do a series of paintings as well as corporate art installations and more. Drop by my Commissions Page for samples.

“Many, many thanks for the beautiful painting. I remember you creating it in Barbara’s class and how in awe I was of you as the painting came to life. Now, here I am, its proud owner — amazing! I so enjoy our shared experience of creativity, laughter and son in painting classes. You are a breath of fresh air!”

Visit my Studio at InterUrban Arthouse

I maintain a studio presence at InterUrban Arthouse at 8001 Newton in Overland Park, Kansas. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday with a special reception held every third Friday of the month from 5pm to 8pm. I hope you will stop by for a visit to see my work and meet with me to explore the many pieces I have available!

“Larry and I  are really enjoying our recent purchase of “The Cliffs of Cinque Terre.” Besides the setting, I especially love the colors and your palette knife talent! I think it has a happy home in our “Latte” brown bedroom wall which is visible from the living/great room.”

Watch Melanie on KCTV5 Better Kansas City!

Melanie’s Current Exhibitions & Classes

Women’s Invitational
2/1 to 3/31Tomahawk Ridge Community Center 
11902 Lowell OP, KS Open hours the Center is open

2010 Gallery
95th and Nall   
ongoing pieces on show

Palette Knife Workshop
April 13 | InterUrban Arthouse
Enroll by calling 913.283.7091

Some of my past work …

Reach Out and Explore

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