More About Melissa Carmon

—  the story  —

The Story Behind the Work.  
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The Origin of the Paintings

I could begin my story with a letter that was sent, but came back unopened.
Or as a teen, passing close to death in the jungles of Paraguay. 
Or the experience of waking up to the sound of rain through the open window of a Bavarian castle, 
Or the fateful day when a text message came that simply read, “Emergency.” 

Or I could begin, like every artist does, by telling you that I have been drawing since I was eighteen months old. 

While true, all of those beginnings would be a bit trite.   

I am a fine art painter who probably should have become a biologist.  Or a geologist.  Or a librarian.  Or something.  But I am a painter who decided to go to RISD instead of pursuing science, and this fusion of research with painting is the result. So whether you love the history of ideas or have a love of color, you can engage the work as deeply as you feel inspired to go. 

Painting Can Illuminate New Perspectives

I spend my days making things for you to look at and experience. 
You might (or you might not) find a new perspective on the same old things. 

When in the presence of a painting, you might find yourself feeling like you're waking up.  I'd liken it to a morning when I woke in a castle near a forest in Germany, and heard the sound of rain and church bells.  You can find yourself feeling as though you were in a totally different world…perhaps in a different kind of era.

Saying “Yes” to Adventure

And really, it’s a long shot, but— you might also find yourself feeling inspired.  For me, making a stroke on a canvas is an act of defiant celebration, a color-infused point of punctuation in a world that tends toward a monotonous hum of daily obligations.  Sometimes, painting takes more courage than an adventure in the Paraguayan jungle. Perhaps if the velocity of that stroke of paint carries through, you might feel bravely inspired to undertake another adventure, too. 

A Hope Beyond the Horizon

And, perhaps you may find a stirring of hope in the presence of these paintings.  Especially, if you happen to have a fateful day, when one of your messages reads, “Emergency.”  I hope it doesn’t happen.  I hope you can live your whole life without that kind of day— a day like a door, where on the other side of it, everything is different.  

But even if you do, my hope is that you will find the way through whatever landscape in which you happen to find yourself.   

This work is about embracing a spirit of adventure through life’s most difficult circumstances.  May it bring color, courage, and new horizons to your story, too.  

You can read more about an unexpected portrait that I drew while in South America in this interview with Voyage Denver: “Meet Melissa Carmon of Fort Collins.”

Melissa Carmon holds a degree in Philosophy from Colorado State University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband, Jonathan Myers.

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