Melissa McGill’s works are personal landscapes on raw canvas and paper.
The paintings are influenced by the sedimentary formations of The Great Basin and the marks left behind by a millennia of water which is no longer there. My painting process mimics nature through pouring, scraping and mark making. Acrylic medium washes stain the canvas creating depth as the layers build. They are informed by a passion for colour and influenced by the Arroyo’s of the desert, the rivers and creeks of The Pacific Northwest.
Reflecting the joy of movement, my process involves my whole body, large strokes of colour poured or scraped across the canvas punctuated with graphic lines to guide the eye and balance the composition.
I build up my paintings in a very organic way. Working primarily with acrylic paints allows me to work intuitively. Marks and movement are added with pastels, graphite and spray paint.