Melanie Feldman, "The Painter of Women", was born in Chicago while caravaning throughout the United Sates with a Jazz ensemble comprised of her parents and their families. In the early 1960s, she settled in Maderia Beach, Florida, along with her parents and two brothers.
She has been a portrait painter since her early teens and became a photographic artist in the 80s. As a very young woman she was a protégé of the chief restorer and replication artist for the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. Over the years, she also apprenticed under various professional illustrators and graphic artists.
Since 1987, Melanie along with husband-photographer Alan Feldman, have owned Feldman's Photography, a successful portrait studio in Brandon, Florida. As a photographic team they have worked and taught throughout the world. Together, they have the distinction of being the only husband-wife team to represent the U.S.A. in two World Congress of Professional Photographers.
Most of her life, Melanie has been a traditional and classical painter. In 2004 she accepted the challenge from her husband, Alan, to develop her own recognizable style and create a body of work inspired by self-expression.
The results of this challenge is a body of work that reflects the universal inner feelings and spirituality of women in todays' society.
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My name is Melanie.
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My Mediums of Choice
People always ask me what medium I use in my paintings. The answer is all types of mixed media.
When choosing a medium I consider whatever concept I want to express. For instance, in the painting "Whats your Point" I used watercolor and metallic inks. Watercolor lends a softness to the ballerinas along with the pointillistic style. Also the transparent color embellished with metallic ink give it a dream like luminosity.
My next work I might choose oil or acrylic. It all depends on the mood. Sometimes it is just what I call a happy accident. A goof or a splat that needs covering. Most often, I try to think it through.
I love experimentation where I often end up with a totally different look than my original vision. I always ask my self does it have good composition? Composition is the bones of the work. I then make sure the painting has impact, a main subject, and then most important pleasing color harmony. It is also fun to use maybe four colors and only use them together or when combined to make another color. "Drama Queen" was done with Analagous colors (they reside next to each other on the color wheel. "Woman of Color" was done with complimentary colors which are opposite of each other on the color wheel.
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