The art I create is inspired mostly by nature.  I feel endlessly surprised on how wise and beautiful it can be.

Acrylic &

Oil Painting 

Oil paints are made with particles of pigments suspended in oils which makes it slow drying. On the other hand, acrylics are fast drying, and the pigments are suspended in acrylic polymer emulsions.  

Both materials bring different challenges when working with them which is why I enjoy using them for achieving different results. I hope you get to appreciate the vibrant and bold nature of oil paintings and the delicacy acrylics can express through my paintings.

Linocut

Linoleum started in the 1850's as a floor covering material made from renewable components like linseed oil and cork dust mounted on burlap or canvas.   Later in the 1900's an artist translated its use to printmaking techniques becoming an alternative variant to woodcut printing.
 
I am interested in this technique because you create a design that is carved in a mirror image.  It's a challenge to the brain defining what the final product will look like.  All the linocuts I create are printed by hand. 

Textiles

My textile pieces are created by a mix of needle felting (or dry felting) and embroidery.  The craft of needle felting consists of sculpting wool fibers by compacting them either in a 3D or a two dimensional object with a barbed needle.
 
When I create textile art I envision it as painting with materials that I can't blend or mix my colors on a palette. The challenge is making something cohesive that doesn't look plain.

J ewelry 

Jewelry making is the most recent of my art experimentation.  I work mostly with silver and copper, and I incorporate other medias like miniature paintings and needle felting. 
 
I like to use the metal work to embellish the miniature art, but I also use a gemstone or the metal to be the main focal point.  What draws me to this media are the immense techniques and creative expressions that can be achieved through jewelry.

Meet Meli!

I'm an artist with a scientific background. I find inspiration in the natural world and try to express it through different medias.  My art is created by using painting, linoleum printing, textiles and metal.