Melanie Bikowski grew up in Norfolk, VA. She studies Professional Writing at Old Dominion University and the Complexities of the Styles of Abstract Art with her Mentor, Beverly Ryan at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. She is an abstract artist that thrives on creative play and experimentation, which she likes to represents through her raw abstract techniques.
Melanie has spent most of her life being an explorer. From world travel, climbing mountains, to dancing in dark warehouses filled with Graffiti and Dance Music. She has always enjoyed the arts. Whether it was poetry, painting, drawing, or just dancing, she has been immersed in representing herself through artistic forms. When she was a little girl, her brother gave her an illustration book & she used it to sketch nature patterns and animals and since then she has continued her deep interest in representing her story through all artistic forms. When she was 15, her art teacher in high school saw talent from her, so she sent her to a summer residency to study with artist professionals on Oil Paints & Sculpture. She spent 4 years developing her love and techniques of sculpture & painting by giving countless messages on nature & music. After she left high school, she paused from painting to learn other arts like poetry, dancing, and musical instruments. She studied Creative Writing at Old Dominion University. She met her husband on a dance floor and they have been inseparable ever since. When she got pregnant with her daughter, she had vivid dreams of herself painting whimsical patterns of nature and taking a fierce path to paint and write more poetry. The universe has since sent Melanie into a new cycle of artistic development, so she has returned to painting and continued a deep development of raw neo-expressionism and studies styles and abstract complexities with her mentor Beverly Ryan at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. She is constantly studying and interested in the evolution of the human spirit. Her paintings are representations of energy & moments in nature. Life is a cycle and there are never really endings. Stories overlap and blur just like the many layers and symbols that are inside nature patterns and Mel Bikowski’s paintings. Her paintings up for sale in her Etsy Shop.
As well as continuing her deep quest with painting, she writes a monthly Music Review of Punk Bands on Quail Bell Magazine. She also is the managing editor of DAMMSTR8 Music’s Podcast. She has Poems published in various other magazines and poetry books and continues to develop her writing, so keep an eye out for more projects by subscribing to her blog.
Her inspiration for all her paintings, writings, and poetry come from her times spent doing yoga, meditating, hiking, bicycling, or doing other things to immerse my family into nature. She dreams one day that we can all only represent good vibes & love and give our children a peaceful world in the future. She truly believes we are all connected.
Abstract Painting is a language of form, color, lines, and delineations that communicate ideas of energy, feelings, and realities experienced by the viewer and the artist. Beauty is given new life through images uncommon to the utilitarian world we find ourselves in. For over thirty years I have been drawing and painting my images, inspired by Kandinsky, and The Abstract Expressionists. The list of Artists who do inspire me work in the realm of Beauty never before expressed. The energies of my paintings are my symbols, words put together, to give the viewer an idea, feeling, or perhaps a sense of beauty.
Melissa Dion Murphy
Single mother and aspiring artist with a darkish new age style determined to fill homes with a different kind of art at prices we can actually afford in this way too expensive art world. Open to suggestions and critics, feel free to let me know what you think about my work and share ideas. I love to keep an open mind and am willing to try different colour schemes to please any eye. We all see abstract art in our own way which is the beauty and the mystery of it. Lotsa love.
A Kid from the San Fernando Valley...private and publicly schooled....No patience for traffic. The "Kind", Music, cars , art ,snowboards, fishing and the female form...its what I like. Just be cool. Life is Karma. Paint on!
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Just as wild animals can be unpredictable in nature, Theresa Paden seeks to provide an unexpected view of the subjects she paints. She expresses her passion for animals with vibrant color and bold brush work. Each painting is approached with a sense of adventure and fun, resulting in energy and color that explode from the canvas.
“My paintings are inspired by my deep love of horses, farm animals, and wildlife. I hope that viewers will be energized by the colors and textures in my work and feel emotionally connected to the animals. Before beginning a painting, I do a detailed drawing on the canvas. An interesting composition and design are important to me. I usually have an idea of what I would like the finished work to look like, but find it best not to get too attached to that vision because the animal usually emerges in a way that I’m not expecting. That’s the really fun part of being an artist and what keeps me constantly wanting to do the next painting!”
Theresa has been painting since the age of eighteen months when her mother, also an artist, gave her paper, paint, a brush, cup of water, and said “Don’t drink the water.” At age ten she began painting in oils and selling her work alongside her mother at art shows. Paden’s artistic vision has been sharpened by a lifetime of observing nature firsthand, from childhood backpacking adventures to current inspiration found daily. Living among ranches and wildlife provides her with a wealth of natural imagery and subject matter.
Theresa majored in Illustration and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983 from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Classically trained in life drawing and portrait drawing, she spent countless hours learning from some of the best illustrators and draughtsmen in the business. She also studied design and lettering. Her love of both led her to work as a graphic designer in Los Angeles for several years. She became the first female art director at the National Football League, designing Super Bowl tickets, posters, VIP party invitations and collateral material.
Eventually Theresa moved to the country with her husband to raise their children. With all three grown and in college, she is now pursuing her love of fine art again, and enjoying painting full-time. Her paintings have been featured in several magazines including Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Cowgirl Magazine, Horses in Art, Country Life, and Cassidy Magazine. Theresa’s work can be seen at art shows such as Western Masters in Great Falls, Montana, Cattlemen’s Western Art Show in Paso Robles, California, Mountain Oyster Western Art Show in Tucson, Western Spirit Art Show at the Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, San Dimas Wildlife Show, and the San Dimas Annual Western Show in San Dimas, California. She is represented by Simon Gallery of Fine Art in Tucson, Arizona.
Theresa is an avid horse woman and animal lover. She is dedicated to helping animals and donates a portion of all of her sales to horse rescues and other animal rescue organizations.