Angela Melkis is a professional, self-taught artist, born in the Midlands and now living in Hampshire. Her work focuses on landscapes, and at the moment she focuses a lot on trees.
Angela builds up her paintings slowly in many layers, playing one colour off against another while trying to keep the sense of harmony and peace found in nature. The backgrounds and foregrounds are loose, developed with opaque paint that is dry brushed over the rough surface of the canvas or linen.
"I am mesmerised by nature, the effects of light against dark, and of how one colour can affect another. At the moment trees seem to be my main muse, and I have a great respect and love for them. Recently I have found myself painting lone trees. Seeing them as personalities, I now realise they are often a reflection of me. I try to capture their stillness and simplicity in a way that engages the viewer to appreciate and look at them in a new light. At the moment I mainly use acrylics as the fast drying time allows me to play, getting my ideas down quickly as they develop. I work best with no one around. Sometimes I put on music to give me energy; other times the silence helps me to get lost in my painting as I go into my own happy world."
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