Finished up a couple of new mosaiced concrete sculptures for the Entree Gallery in Priest Lake (Reeder Bay), ID "Chicky" is $300 about 15" wide by12" tall and "Blue Cat" is $375 about 20" long by 12" tall.
Finished a new mermaid named "Seafoam Fatale" (thank you Brandon for the title!) I painted her with a nautilus because I had such an amazing time diving with one in Micronesia on our last trip. This painting is 24x36 acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas for $1,475. Canvas, paper and metallic paper giclee prints will be available at the beginning of August.
Finished up a fun and rather simple mural in the car park of the Ruby Hotel on 1st and Lincoln in Spokane. Since they are in the "entertainment district" we settled on dancers as they already have lots of musician artwork. The images are painted and then embellished with mirror and iridescent red stained glass. It's amazing was a little glass can do!
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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.