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2020 Artists


Melissa Monroe

My artwork is an emotional display, vulnerable for anyone to see. Figures showing their authentic selves to find themselves, behind their outward appearance they hide; look closely and your reflection may appear.

I am inspired by human expression, exploring the masks people put on to be who they are. I spend time seeing live music and playing music; this is when I feel the most inspired to create. I am constantly trying to capture these expressions and lay them down in paint on a flat surface. Chasing after that movement and human connection seen in people. This moves my art, and I know when a piece is finished when I can see this true expression in my work.

My paintings always start without a plan or a sketch. Instead I start by building color and layering marks until inspired to pull a figure out of the mess. Without a preconceived outcome of expectation I am able to paint in a way that constantly pushes my work forward.


Community: NE Portland
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Talk Time

Sunday, October 11th

12:00 - 12:30 pm

instagram: @melissamonroeart

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