Working in a variety of materials on different surfaces, I use canvas, paper and panels with acrylics, watercolor, oil and pastel. Years in design and publishing produced print advertising, illustration and book design.
LITTLE MUSIC MAN, ITALY
Pastel 25 x 17.5 NFS
Visiting Florence and Venice with husband Dan Hadley I found this tiny troubadour who entertained in both places.
Pastel 9x 12
Like many folks living in Maine, we brought in wood for the fire. Sheltering on a log was this Mourning Cloak butterfly who kindly posed for this painting. Sold
FISH OUT OF WATER
Pastel 11 x 16 Available
When Venice, Florida, Art Center invited images that were "Out of Place" a boat in the woods was my inspiration. It was awarded Third Prize.
Pastel 13.5x20 Available
Machias River, Maine
Pastel 20 x 18. Sold
Oil on canvas 36 x 24 NFS
Here is my response on reading the book Original Blessing by Matthew Fox, who rejects the idea of original sin declaring instead that we are blessed at birth and are connected to all creation.
Oil on canvas 16 x 20. Available
Anchored off this small island, I did a small watercolor from the cockpit. The larger oil was painted in the studio.
THE NEIGHBOR'S CASTLE
Oil on canvas 16x 20 Available
This private home next to Asheville's historic Grove Park Inn borrows features from the more famous Biltmore Estate.
At Melllie Mac's
Oil 20x18 Available
15" x 12"
Vacationing in Maine I picked up some gladioli at a roadside stand. They made a fine study subject. Available
IN ALERT'S WAKE
5" x 7"
Known as a "Fatty Knees," this small sailing dinghy followed us wherever we went providing shore trips and fun around the harbor.
12" x 9.5"
From summer on the deck, rich and velvety they suggested a loose impression that reflected the warm day. Available
30" x 18"
From my own Hibiscus plant with astounding vibrancy.
BIRD BAY DAWN
24" x 36"
This was the scene from our lanai in Venice, FL. An elevated boardwalk took walkers over marshes and around trees for views of Roberts Bay.
24" x 36"
There is a story here. In summary, while remembering treasured moments from childhood, I embrace the mountains where I enjoy times of reflection.
From May, 2000, to February 2002, my late husband Jim Melcher and I sailed the Mediterranean and Atlantic seas. I recorded more than 200 small images in color pencil and watercolor. Here are a few.
Port de Soller, Mallorca