Mel describes her approach to art as a contemporary constructivist. Her thinking is based on metals and their layers – colors that can be built up and scratched or sanded away to reveal another texture softened like a lingering abstract memory.
She fabricates her enthusiasm for natural vistas with her sculptural paintings and jewelry. While she doesn’t always know ahead of time what her artwork will reveal, she knows she has no choice but to look beyond the surface.
Mel has maintained a solo studio for more than ten years in Minneapolis. During this time she has refined her skill via formal training as well as experimentation. However, it is her childhood days spent living in the country that she feels are the greatest influences on her art. Having spent hours picking up rusty nails on her family’s sandy, hilly driveway after a rainstorm, she says that she can still see the rusty textured layers – the burnt orange, sienna, and sometimes a hint of blue-green patina. This corroded metal intrigued her and still does.
Today, Mel is featured in art gallery collections across the United States.