Melissa Brauen is a mixed media studio artist using primarily acrylics and collage elements in a contemporary expressionist style. Much of her current work is created through intuitive processes and exploration.
She started her professional journey many years ago creating commissioned portraits in pastel. After following many other pursuits, she returned to her creative roots with dedication to honing her artistic skills.
She studied the arts throughout her life in traditional as well as non-traditional venues such as high-school and college art courses, artist workshops, and on-line tutorials. She continues her eduction with virtual training, live workshop study, and a steady studio practice.
I have an affinity for nostalgia, myth, and nature conveyed in a contemporary way. Memories and shared experiences that are rooted in feelings and the subconscious informs much of my work. I believe this is why my art has been described as mysterious yet familiar.
Layers and texture are the cornerstone of my work. The look of the artist’s hand is apparent with the use of self-made stamps, stencils, and collage elements. Papers are created using mono printing and other techniques which are integrated into the paintings. This adds interest through nuanced line, pattern, and texture that is apparent even in the finer details.
Being an intuitive creator, I find the work can take on a life of its own as I respond to each element used along the way. That is what excites me most as an artist.
Dec 17, 2022 The Arts, Hancock Arts, (MS) "Shook" and "Aglow"
2020 - 2021 "Covid Times"
Dec 7-15, 2019 The Arts, Hancock Arts, (MS) “Emerging Territory” AWARD: 2nd Place Acrylic / Mixed Media
Dec 1- 15, 2018 The Arts Hancock Arts (MS) “Dormant Dream”
March 23 to April-24, 2018 Arts Alive! Hancock Arts MS “Day After Day” AWARD: Honorable Mention Painting / Multi Media
Fall 2021 Ocean Springs, MS Annual P’ARTake Exhibit “Untethered”
Fall 2019 Ocean Springs, MS Annual P’ARTake Exhibit “That Floral”
Jan 19-Feb 17, 2019 The Arts, Hancock, Exhibit at Studio Waveland, MS “Dormant Dream”
Fall 2018 Ocean Springs, MS Annual P’ARTake Exhibit “Mutable”
2018 - Present The Arts, Hancock County Hancock Co, MS
2017- 2022 Ocean Springs Art Association Ocean Springs, MS
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