Giacometti was born today in 1901 in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Over his 64 years, he was an artist in the true sense of the word. His creativity included painting, printmaking, drafting, and my favorite - sculpting. His tall bronze sculptures with names such as Man Walking or Standing Woman are very simple but thought provoking. Interestingly, Giacometti scholars note that the long-legged male statues are all in movement while the equally thin women are passively standing. Christie's auction sold his 1947 "Pointing Man" statue for over $141 million in May of 2015. If in Chicago, visit The Art Institute's room full of these iconic figures.
It is hard to think about, but it is about that time to say goodbye to summer and start ushering in the upcoming fall season. And what a full and colorful summer this one has been.
With just under a month left of my show at Mitchell Hill, it still seems as if I was just there for the opening. Though it has gone by fast, my Elegance of Native Soul collection represents a timelessness that the South evokes.
A study in contrasts and colors, the show feels as though both old and new. The floor is filled with bright modern sculptures and unique design pieces. The gallery wall of my work stands out and is only made better with the interior design placement.
My work will run at Mitchell Hill through September 15th. Even though summer might be winding down, this is a season of the South to be enjoyed fully.
Here's a quick glimpse into my collection showing at Mitchell Hill Gallery.
The show runs July 15- September 15 in Charleston, SC.
Throughout the summer, my collection Elegance of Native Soul will be shown at the Mitchell Hill Gallery in Charleston, SC. Since it officially opened on June 15th, I have been excited to celebrate the opening reception. Please join us on at the gallery this Thursday for an evening inspired by art, friends, and the beauty that is the lowcountry.
Some pieces to keep your eye out for include....
Starting this Monday, Mitchell Hill Gallery in Charleston is exhibiting a collection of my paintings, “Elegance of Native Soul." This gallery show has been a labor of love for the past couple of months and I am looking forward to finally sharing it with you.
The name “Elegance of Native Soul,” represents the places and things that I find in their simplicity to be elegant. Using colors and brushwork, I have translated these subjects that are mystical and magical to me onto the canvas.
As a child of the South, my personal history and the surroundings that I have grown up with are strong influences in this collection, as with most of my work. The places I know, such as the tobacco on the side of the road or the bottle trees standing guard outside of a farmhouse, can be elegant in their simplicity. The black water of the Edisto or the hydrangeas in the horizon reach out to the canvas.
The things that we collect as we travel to, and grow up in, places such as these begin to form a still life in our periphery that speaks to out heart and soul. The objects and settings that you view in this collection definitely speak to my southern soul.
Sometimes, it’s the simple things that become our “Elegance of Native Soul.”
Spring in the South is famous for many things- flowers blooming, beautiful warmer weather, and the steeplechase. Some of the country's most prominent races take place right here, south of the Mason-Dixon line.
From the Carolina Cup to the sprawling green fields of Kentucky, racing horses is an age old tradition every southern spring. Steeplechase and track events have become a favorite focus of my paintings. The vivid color and action of the horses make for an exciting energy I hope to capture on canvas.
Last year after a day at Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby runs, I could not gallop home fast enough to get some paint on the canvas. A good day in the studio often follows a strong sensory experience like a day at the races.
Original riders in steeplechase would use a community church steeple as a guide to stay on course, visible over the tops of trees as they jumped over obstacles. It is no surprise steeplechase has found a home here in the South, a land still dotted with the spires of churches and rolling green hills.
Whether it is the silk of the jockeys, the flower blanket presented at the end, or the brightly colored hats in attendance, horse racing has found a way into my collections and deepened my appreciation of the South.
It's officially spring in the South! Let the hydrangeas, camellias, and sasanquas bloom. As we say goodbye to long winter days and chilly weather, gardens come alive around us. Living in the South, it is impossible to keep the color outside. I love to paint still lifes of flowers and have put together some of my paintings featuring my favorite southern blooms.
Nina Simone is often playing in the studio, the natural soundtrack of spring.
While wandering through an antique store in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 2006, a squatty little man caught my eye. I knew nothing about him or who made him, the name scrawled on the side of the figure ineligible and the features were not distinct. I brought him home, where he sat next to a stack of old legal books until a trip to Paris.
Walking through the Musée d’Orsay with my family, we entered a small room filled with little sculptures just like the tiny man who kept guard over my books. My statue was in fact a reproduction of a French master. Thus began my appreciation of Honoré Daumier.
Daumier, born today February 26 in 1808, lived until 1879. He was famous for his caricatures of French society and Napoleonic imperialism of the 19th century. He began as a lithographer and printmaker later moving to sculpting and painting. He broke away from the categories that existed and is applauded today, whether in French museums or on display in my bedroom.
As a local artist, my ties to the Greenville community are integral to what I do. I draw my biggest inspiration from the places and people here, as well as the South as a whole.
Recently I have had the privilege to volunteer at Hollis Academy Elementary School, gaining inspiration but also hoping to create a passion for art with the students. On my most recent trip, we had fun creating cards for Valentine’s Day.
Keeping with the theme of birthdays, today is Gerhard Richter’s 85th birthday. One of the most influential artists of the last century, Richter is constantly reinventing himself, refusing to let his art be categorized. His works span from photographic realism to a stained glass window in the Cologne Cathedral.
Though relatively less well known than other 20th century German artists, Richter’s influence can be seen and felt in museums all over the world, as well as for me. Many of Richter’s abstract paintings develop without names or descriptive words, allowing for the art to become a painting rather than be created. My process also develops organically, working in layers to let the paintings evolve as I go.
Richter’s art currently impacts what I do as an artist. Not all of my works are painted in the same style and I use various themes, such as animals, figures, and landscapes. Richter has paved the way for artists today to follow any path that the art may take them, without being limited to school and style.
A few months ago, I had the privilege of working with photographer Aaron Greene to photograph my new studio.
As a contemporary impressionist painter, I capture the essence of an image in a painting with out giving away the whole story. After sitting in my studio discussing my art, Aaron was able to create on film what I hope to do on canvas. The resulting photographs represent my art and my painting style.
While Aaron was here, he also took some great shots in my home and with my family. He really captured the feel and emotion in both locations. The images he took of me painting my daughter Caroline are special because they cover both my professional work as an artist and as a mother.
There are so many photographs to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites.
The Scout Guide of Charleston, South Carolina recently featured Melissa Anderson as the "what's new this week." The blog features some of the artist's recent oil on canvas works and includes discussion and interview with the artist.Read More
In the October issue of TOWN Magazine, there is an article on my work as a local artist. It is an honor to be featured and I hope everyone has been able to snag a copy!
Special thanks to Community Journals for including me in your publication.
As the New Year is quickly approaching, I am hoping to post more regularly on this blog. Since Christmas is only one week away, this will probably be my last post of 2014. Out with the old, in with the new!
Speaking of the old, I recently acquired three of my paintings back into my inventory. These paintings were in various locations around downtown Greenville before coming back to my studio. It is interesting to look back on earlier work and see how I have grown as an artist, yet how they are still representative of my work today.