Melanie Moore

A love affair with watercolor 

"Watercolor painting fascinates me. I never tire of its fluidity, transparency, and jewel-like luminosity. It is my vehicle for exploring my world---both real and imagined. I am intrigued by the many different shapes and forms of the natural realm---petals, leaves, and the treasure-trove of multi-faceted spaces and shadows in-between things. The process of first investigating these forms through contour drawing becomes the “jumping off place” for visual ideas to emerge. I enjoy experimenting with vivid color, bold outline, and varied gradations in this seemingly magical transformation of water, paint, and paper. Watercolor responds, and reacts to the elements, just as plants and flowers do. It is rewarding for me, as an artist, to work in a way that allows my compositions to take on a life of their own. "