Today we’d like to introduce you to Melodee Davis.
Melodee, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Wow! I am a native born creative that graduated from Gardena High School in the 80’s, a cheerleader and all things dance! I’ve even traveled overseas with dance companies, but art and design was always my go to, as I was the girl in middle and high school designing prom dresses and uniforms for friends and family. I soon after high school married my childhood crush turned Pro-Baseball Player, my marriage was a very dark place filled with drugs and alcohol and physical abuse that I could describe but is hard to stomach. After a divorce and a new relationship, two children, and then a terrible split (this time involving the hearts and minds of the children), I found myself alone, angry, bitter, guilty, sorry and every other self-destroying adjective I can think of to describe how I felt about my life at that time. I found myself sitting in an empty apartment, all I had was walls and emotions!
In previous years when close friends saw many of my creative endeavors, inventions, and ideas, I’d always tell them one day I will fill my home with all of my art! Well, here was my big chance! I decided to get a small canvas and “play with color” as I called it. I started with an 18×24 inch canvas and came up with a geometric looking abstract something! I hung it on the wall proud as a peacock, then I changed the orientation and saw something else, a face, an expression! From there I discovered I can paint a movement of color that define a person, act, expression…whatever! I can use shape to display something that is not defined by gender or ethnicity! A face, body or gesture can be perfectly imperfect! I found a way to tell a story in color ambiguously.
Well from there it was on! I started painting like a fiend! Of course being the proud artist, I ran in the only well know “African American Gallery” in Dallas, and the reception was not what I thought it would be. I reached out to a celebrity friend and got a commission that made me feel really proud about my work. Quite naturally I would like to make a ton of money off of my work, but I get the most satisfaction when people see my work and their eyes wander all over the board, and they see “it”, that thing that is deeply embedded in the paint, ‘the message”.
I guess it is safe to say I paint all of my emotions and sometimes the lack of. Look at all my pieces of “ABSTRETHNIC” works (I made up that word to best fit my style of painting) you will always see many shades of color and a heart because for me this gift is not out of my mind, but it is from my heart!
I am not a fine arts major, I didn’t study under the great this or that, and at one point I didn’t want to for fear of learning to paint in someone else’ style. I just want to take this feeling I have and use colors to express them and hope that someone sees it, understands it and it makes them feel good!
I’m that kid that ran away from LA scared 35 years ago, and now I’m back, and I AM AN ARTIST!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Right now I am working on a body of work that I call “Abstrethnic” which are oil paintings that are a Neo-impressionism type but not quite. The message in my painting would be “We are Art!” In our individuality, no one is more beautiful than each of us in our differences. We are all as perfect as we are imperfect.
I am painting canvas from as small as 12×16 to 60×60 and experimenting with my paintings on silk. I do hand paints on all types of denim and have created a line of hippie reclaimed denim maxi skirts. I am able to lose myself in charcoal; there I am able to get close to realism in erasing a picture with perfection! LOL
I rent my studio space for Luis of Loyola Interiors so quite naturally, I have been painting on restored Roadster engines and have been asked to consider Patina painting doors of “Ratrods”.
I have written two children’s storybooks but have yet to complete all of the illustrations. My latest indulgence has been hosting amazing Paint and Sip Parties and Fundraisers. Wow, this is fun for me. This is the one thing that allows me to give back in a different kind of way; I can teach simple skills, and put people in a relaxed stress-free environment all while watching them uncover and discover something about themselves many don’t know they have inside! I taught dance in my youth, but this is way more rewarding!
Last but not least I have recently hand crated a tabletop easel that I use for my hosting events! I feel I haven’t touched the tip of what lies beyond in the art world for me; I will say this “I am ready and excited” to touch, talk, learn and share all of these new adventures in the art world! I guess I better learn these LA freeways!!!
How can artists connect with other artists?
How to expose your work properly, and how to survive among so many “trending,” or to be the next thing trending without losing the integrity of your work . Everything is more about who you know these days than it is the experience! How to reach the masses and how!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Right now I am relying on my social media like Facebook, Instagram, and local pop up festivals and art walks. Website coming soon!
- Address: 14903 S Normandie Ave #113
Gardena, CA 90247
- Phone: 2144485094
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsmelsdetails/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melodee.davis.9
Mel Davis, Originals