I really liked "Midnight Assignation" but it is currently living at the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, so I made a similar but larger design for my upcoming show at the Bozzi Collection. This one is a textured acrylic on gallery wrapped 20x60 canvas for $1,975.
Since I finished this on a Saturday night, I called it "Hot Date", It was a fun one, but I am always partial to trout and salmon as they have such beautiful colors in nature. This is an acrylic on gallery wrapped 12 x 48 canvas for $975.
Finished "Jet Blue" just a few minutes ago. Brandon came up with the title....thank you! It was a fun one to paint, I really like the pose and the colors. It will be in the show at the Bozzi Collection in Riverpark square on December 6th for a month long show. It is an original acrylic on gallery wrapped 18x36 canvas for $1,145.
My last large one for the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland. Lots of fun to paint for so many days in a row! This painting named for one of my favorite artists Bosch is titled "Hieronymus Blue Dreams". It is a 30x40 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas for $1,875.
Finished this one titled "Run for the Gold" a few days ago and I couldn't think of a title. So, I put it out on facebook and got over 70 amazing suggestions. Maria Pilar Nelson came up with this title. It is a 30x40 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas for $1,875. It will be heading to the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland, WA and will be there through January.
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Artist Melissa Cole often finds herself snorkeling with salmon, smooching manatees, and swimming with tiger sharks. It is from these amazing encounters that she derives much of the inspiration for her vividly colored, heavily textured and patterned acrylic paintings.
Cole was born in Oregon and raised in London, Hong Kong, and India. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Zoology and spent time as a naturalist guide in Mexico. She’s written over 30 children’s natural history books and travels with her husband Brandon, who is a wildlife photographer specializing in marine life. Melissa has always dabbled in art, but has spent the last ten years fully devoted to it. She is strongly influenced by ethnic patterns, which she sees in her travels abroad. “You’ll find lots of dots, and a distinct border pattern in each of my pieces.” Her work is found in galleries ranging from Stephan Fine Arts in Anchorage, Alaska to The Wild Side Gallery in Key West, Florida.