About Melissa Anderson



My primary desire revolves around color and getting the color onto the canvas. Brushwork and palette knives are the means for moving the color. The subject of the painting is secondary to Color, texture and Pattern.





Melissa Anderson began painting with only one brush and three tubes of paint. A sabbatical from a law career opened the door to exploring the world around her, discovering the colors and shapes that inspire her work.  Melissa quickly took the hours and discipline of her law practice and applied it to her artistic education through self-directed training with nationally recognized artists including Cynthia Packard, Carolyn Anderson, Milt Kobayashi, Michael Carson and Kevin Beilfuss., Reading, studying and frequenting museums and galleries and drawing inspiration from Degas, Manet, Cezanne and many Russian Impressionists have been keys to her art.

In 2015, Anderson was the only SC artist commissioned from a national call for a large installation in the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport.   Her work is in numerous private and public collections including The Greenville Art Museum, The City of Greenville, County Bank, McCall Hospice House, the Washington office of Congressman Trey Gowdy, and many corporate walls..  Anderson’s work may be seen at Mary Praytor Gallery in downtown Greenville, SC.  Anderson lives and works in Greenville, S.C.

Artist Statement

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Working primarily in oils, the themes of my work stem from reality, and are often presented as still lives, landscapes and figures. Color, texture and pattern are my subject matter. Once the paint begins to cover the canvas, the painting takes on a life of its own becoming an abstraction of reality through brushwork, the softening of edges, and the layering and mixing of color. My focus is the world within the four corners of the canvas. 

I take an innate, raw desire to create and channel it into color and form. My mind moves from one visual to another melding colors, shapes and forms. I stand before the easel daily because I want to improve my craft. I want to know what would happen if I tried a different method, scraped the canvas, added blue rather than red. The result is an abundance of works that invariably demonstrate a colorist approach to my palette, while my forms range from loose to substantially real.