Melissa McKinnon: Artist

Melissa McKinnon is a Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist living and painting in Calgary, AB.

Portraits: Inspiration For A New Body Of Work From Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

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As I was editing images of my newest landscape painting, “Prairie Sky” to share on the blog, I came across this close-up detail image of the foreground and it sparked an “Aha!” moment.

Prairie Sky Original Acrylic Painting by Calgary Artist Melissa McKinnon

No longer did I see a close-up detail of a prairie landscape painting, I saw only color and texture. I saw broken pieces and fragments held together with thin colored marks, holding the pieces together like band-aids. I began to envision a series of portraits created in this style, built from all of the bits and pieces that come together to form a person; Physical traits; Life experiences; Thoughts and emotions. I love the symbolism in it. I have been thinking about this ever since.

I know I was born to be a painter because this is the kind of stuff that keeps me up at night.

Wouldn’t this be a beautiful palette for a portrait? Thoughts?

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Author: Melissa Mckinnon Artist

I am a Canadian contemporary landscape artist. I love to paint large scale acrylic paintings with vibrant color and thick texture. To see my work, visit my website and blog at:

One thought on “Portraits: Inspiration For A New Body Of Work From Contemporary Canadian Landscape Artist Melissa McKinnon

  1. Portraits – awesome!
    I can’t WAIT to see what you’ve been working on.

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