Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Stunning Menagerie by Melissa Townsend


Melissa Townsend is originally from Alberta who later moved to Canadian East Coast. She gained her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts at the NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2005. She paints menagerie of creatures - deer, fox, birds, buffalo and her signature owls. She is also known as an "owl lady" for painting stunning owl portraits. When I set my eyes on her owl painting I was instantly drawn in the by its whimsy. She uses mediums like oils and watercolors to paint on a solid background with visible and forceful strokes, and dripping paint that travels off of the canvas.

Melissa's shares here about the owl series: "The owl/bird paintings come from a place of desiring freedom in life. A freedom to be and to exist with purpose, with great delight, even when suffering comes. Opportunity to discover the depths of who you are, your potential, and your biggest dreams. Freedom that speaks to the profoundness of endurance, and not giving up. Not so long ago somebody said this to me: "on the other side of pain is break-through." I have realized this to be a true statement."

Her paintings are in private collections of actors, musicians, writers and art appreciators all around the globe.