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Melanie Morrissey

Artist’s Bio

Melanie is a self-taught Acadian artist from New Brunswick, Canada.  She is known for her colorful abstract and mixed media paintings.  Having graduated from the University of New Brunswick and Concordia University in Montreal, she began a career in education as a mathematics teacher.  Melanie has always blended mathematics with her love of art both in and out of her classroom.

Many of her works do not reflect recognisable forms but conform to structured geometric compositions.   By applying non-representational abstraction, Morrissey evokes and invites an intimate interaction between herself and her audience by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations of her art. 

Melanie is the winner of Truro, Nova Scotia’s Art Battle 2014, a live painting competition, and was a regional finalist in the National Art Battle series in Halifax, Canada.  She has had several exhibitions, including Halifax Art Zone Gallery’s “Emerging Artists” of Nova Scotia show, where she was awarded the Viewers’ Choice Award.  In 2015, she was also selected as the Federation of Acadian Artists’ featured artist. 

Melanie is also part of the San Francisco based  VidaDesign team, a socially responsible global partnership of co-creators,  who design clothing based on original artwork by Morrissey and others,  while contributing to literacy programs for the makers of the products in Bangladesh.  She currently lives on the Millbrook FIrst Nations reserve in Nova Scotia with her husband and three sons.

Artist’s Statement

My primary goal when creating my abstracts is to allow my personality to spill into my works. In recent years, I have challenged myself to step out of my normal routines and as a result, I feel I have grown and transformed as an artist. I explore other forms of art for inspiration. I think this balance helps to keep my creative energy fresh and exciting. This relates to new ideas and the ability to stay excited about what I do everyday. I like to create a sense of high energy in my paintings that make people want to smile and come back for more and be inspired to find their own creative energy. Art can help us grow, awaken our senses and inspire new ideas. It is one of the most valuable gifts we can give and receive in our society. I hope to do many of both in my lifetime.