Melanie Biehle

 

Melanie Biehle was born in rural Louisiana, but feels most at home on the West Coast. She bounced back and forth between Seattle and Los Angeles since 1999, finally landing in Seattle for the fourth time in 2008. The small apartment that she shares with her husband, six-year-old son, dog, and cat marks the longest time that she's ever lived in one structure – six years. Melanie studied abstract painting and composition at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, and also has a Masters degree in psychology.

Melanie is primarily an abstract painter and works with a wide array of artist mediums including oil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, pencil, pens, and markers. She tends to approach color before form and enjoys experimenting with mark making techniques. Melanie finds inspiration through the adventure of travel, the architecture and energy of cities, and the fluidity, movement, and meditative qualities of oceans and lakes. Her work is influenced by street art, 60s romantic comedies, collections of weathered rocks from the Puget Sound coast, vintage 50s mid-century modern abstract and geometric textiles, Southern California surf culture, and a splash of tarot and crystal mysticism.

Building her extensive inspiration library is a huge part of Melanie’s creative process. She captures and collects color palettes, patterns, and motifs from all kinds of imagery, sources, and physical journeys. She draws and pastes her collections into physical sketchbooks, saves them in digital files, or stores them publicly on her blog, Instagram, or Pinterest boards. Her vast multimedia collection inspires her art narratives, abstract paintings, and textile print designs.

 
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