Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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Saje Natural Wellness + Melissa McKinnon Contemporary Art

As some of you may already know, I’ve spent the last several months working with one of my favourite Canadian companies, Saje Natural Wellness.Saje natural wellness, wellness products, organic products, essential oils, oil diffusers, nebulizer, nature art, organic essential oils, do terra oils,

Earlier this year Saje invited me to collaborate with them on an incredible creative project. Using my artwork, we would create a series of limited edition nebulizers that would be for sale in all Saje stores across the country. Our goal would be to raise $20,000 from the proceeds of the project and donate it to an Alberta arts based charity. Since I’m already a huge believer in giving back to my community, I knew this partnership would be a perfect fit.Saje natural wellness, wellness products, organic products, essential oils, oil diffusers, nebulizer, nature art, organic essential oils, do terra oils,Landscape Painting, sky painting art, cloudy sky, cloud painting art, sea, seascape,Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, ocean sea painting, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, cloudy sky, blue skies, sunset, sunrise, art,abstract landscape art; abstract landscape painting; prairie painting; prairies; Canadian Prairies; prairie fields; oil painting, acrylic painting, beautiful landscape, western art; western painting; Contemporary Art, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, Calgary artist; Canadian artist; American art, american artist, Canadian art,Melissa McKinnon, Alberta Landscape Painter; Contemporary Artist; Alberta Landscape Painting; Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art; Calgary; Alberta; Canada; Calgary art gallery, Alberta artist, Alberta painting, custom painting; commission painting, commission artist, abstract art, abstract artist, modern art, acrylic Paintings, oil paintings, Abstract paintings, paintings with texture, abstract art, wall art, wall decor, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, Contemporary painting, colourful painting, paintings for sale, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, Nature lover, nature, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, art, landscape paintings; lake; river; water;

So… I instantly agreed and got to work creating!Landscape Painting, sea, seascape,Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, cloudy sky, blue skies, sunset, sunrise, art,abstract landscape art; abstract landscape painting; prairie painting; prairies; Canadian Prairies; prairie fields; oil painting, acrylic painting, beautiful landscape, western art; western painting; Contemporary Art, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, Calgary artist; Canadian artist; American art, american artist, Canadian art,Melissa McKinnon, Alberta Landscape Painter; Contemporary Artist; Alberta Landscape Painting; Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art; Calgary; Alberta; Canada; Calgary art gallery, Alberta artist, Alberta painting, custom painting; commission painting, commission artist, abstract art, abstract artist, modern art, acrylic Paintings, oil paintings, Abstract paintings, paintings with texture, abstract art, wall art, wall decor, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, Contemporary painting, colourful painting, paintings for sale, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, Nature lover, nature, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, art, landscape paintings; lake; river; water;Contemporary artist, artist to collect, artist in studio, art studio, contemporary fine art painter, female artist, woman artist, contemporary female painter, contemporary woman painter, women in art, Landscape Painting, sea, seascape,Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, cloudy sky, blue skies, sunset, sunrise, art,abstract landscape art; abstract landscape painting; prairie painting; prairies; Canadian Prairies; prairie fields; oil painting, acrylic painting, beautiful landscape, western art; western painting; Contemporary Art, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, Calgary artist; Canadian artist; American art, american artist, Canadian art,Melissa McKinnon, Alberta Landscape Painter; Contemporary Artist; Alberta Landscape Painting; Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art; Calgary; Alberta; Canada; Calgary art gallery, Alberta artist, Alberta painting, custom painting; commission painting, commission artist, abstract art, abstract artist, modern art, acrylic Paintings, oil paintings, Abstract paintings, paintings with texture, abstract art, wall art, wall decor, contemporary landscape painting, contemporary landscape artist, Contemporary painting, colourful painting, paintings for sale, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, Nature lover, nature, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, art, landscape paintings; lake; river; water;

Saje commissioned five paintings in total. {See below} We chose a theme of sea and sky, rooted in the natural elements of water and air which are essential to the nebulizer. {The diffusion process turns liquid essential oil and water and diffuses it into the air we breathe.}

I created five full paintings ranging in size from 20”x20” up to 36”x36”. From here we cropped the images to pick and choose which areas of colour and texture we wanted to highlight. Here are some of the final products:

Colourful Ocean Sky Cloud Sunset Beach painting by Canadian Contemporary Landscape Artist Painter Melissa McKinnon, fine art, sea, seascape, Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, sunset, sunrise, sunset art sunrise, cloudy skies, blue skies, beach photography, ocean photography, art, paintings, Contemporary Art, Landscape Painting, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, paintings for sale, colourful art, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, art, wall art, wall decor, modern art,Calgary artist, Canadian artist, Alberta Landscape Painter, Contemporary Alberta Artist, Alberta Landscape Painting, Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Canadian Rocky Mountains, mountain art, mountain paintings, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, sky, prairies, mountain, mountains, lake, river, water, ocean, beach, playa, clouds, original paintings, landscape paintings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, abstract paintings, abstract landscapes, national geographic landscapes, modern art, contemporary landscape art, nature art, fine art, art, art gallery,contemporary landscape painting, Melissa Mckinnon, Big paintings, large paintings, impasto, thick paint, paintings with texture, palette knife painting, landscape painting commission, Painting Commission, Commission artist painter, custom art, custom painting, Aspen fine art, red art painting, aqua art painting, teal art painting, turquoise art painting, yellow art painting, green art painting, black and white art painting, fuchsia art painting, orange art painting, blue art painting, bright colors, bright painting, colourful painting, colourful, paintings for sale, home decor trends, art gallery, Colourful Ocean Sky Cloud Sunset Beach painting by Canadian Contemporary Landscape Artist Painter Melissa McKinnon, fine art, sea, seascape, Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, sunset, sunrise, sunset art sunrise, cloudy skies, blue skies, beach photography, ocean photography, art, paintings, Contemporary Art, Landscape Painting, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, paintings for sale, colourful art, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, art, wall art, wall decor, modern art,Calgary artist, Canadian artist, Alberta Landscape Painter, Contemporary Alberta Artist, Alberta Landscape Painting, Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Canadian Rocky Mountains, mountain art, mountain paintings, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, sky, prairies, mountain, mountains, lake, river, water, ocean, beach, playa, clouds, original paintings, landscape paintings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, abstract paintings, abstract landscapes, national geographic landscapes, modern art, contemporary landscape art, nature art, fine art, art, art gallery,contemporary landscape painting, Melissa Mckinnon, Big paintings, large paintings, impasto, thick paint, paintings with texture, palette knife painting, landscape painting commission, Painting Commission, Commission artist painter, custom art, custom painting, Aspen fine art, red art painting, aqua art painting, teal art painting, turquoise art painting, yellow art painting, green art painting, black and white art painting, fuchsia art painting, orange art painting, blue art painting, bright colors, bright painting, colourful painting, colourful, paintings for sale, home decor trends, art gallery, 

As beautiful as they appear here, we eventually ran into technical difficulties during the manufacturing process. We soon discovered that the unique dip-dye printing process they use to adhere the image to the round nebulizers, wouldn’t allow the vibrant colours and the thick texture of my paint strokes to show up accurately.Colourful Ocean Sky Cloud Sunset Beach painting by Canadian Contemporary Landscape Artist Painter Melissa McKinnon, fine art, sea, seascape, Seascape paintings, ocean,ocean art, beach, beaches, beach art, Ocean paintings, beach paintings, sky paintings, paintings of clouds, sunset paintings, sunrise paintings, sky, clouds, sunset, sunrise, sunset art sunrise, cloudy skies, blue skies, beach photography, ocean photography, art, paintings, Contemporary Art, Landscape Painting, Wall art, interior design, design inspiration, home decor, interior designer, paintings for sale, colourful art, Decor, Interior design ideas, interior design inspiration, Calgary interior designer, interior design Calgary, Home, design, decor inspiration, interior styling, modern home, style, interiors, modern decor, home inspiration, interior decorating, Art In The Home, art, wall art, wall decor, modern art,Calgary artist, Canadian artist, Alberta Landscape Painter, Contemporary Alberta Artist, Alberta Landscape Painting, Calgary paintings, Calgary Fine Art, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Canadian Rocky Mountains, mountain art, mountain paintings, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, sky, prairies, mountain, mountains, lake, river, water, ocean, beach, playa, clouds, original paintings, landscape paintings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, abstract paintings, abstract landscapes, national geographic landscapes, modern art, contemporary landscape art, nature art, fine art, art, art gallery,contemporary landscape painting, Melissa Mckinnon, Big paintings, large paintings, impasto, thick paint, paintings with texture, palette knife painting, landscape painting commission, Painting Commission, Commission artist painter, custom art, custom painting, Aspen fine art, red art painting, aqua art painting, teal art painting, turquoise art painting, yellow art painting, green art painting, black and white art painting, fuchsia art painting, orange art painting, blue art painting, bright colors, bright painting, colourful painting, colourful, paintings for sale, home decor trends, art gallery, 

After months of work and dozens… and dozens of attempts later we are now looking into the possibility of using water colour images instead. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted on our progress!

In the meantime, these five beautiful paintings are varnished and ready to go to new homes.

To purchase a painting from the SAJE Collection ORDER HERE

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“New Horizons” 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2600

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“Dark and Stormy” 20″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1200

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“Sky Gazing” 20″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1200

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“Carried Away” 20″x20″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $1200

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“Kiss the Sky” 36″x36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2600

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Buy Art, Change Lives – 25% of all ART sales in MAY will be donated to the survivors of the Alberta wild fires in Fort McMurray, Canada.

Buy Art, Change Lives – 25% of all ART sales in MAY will be donated to the survivors of the Alberta wild fires in Fort McMurray, Canada.Help Fort McMurray; Fort Mac wildfire survivors; Canadian Red Cross; donations; Ymm; Fort Mac Fire; Fort McMurray Fire; Fort McMurray; Fort Mac; wild fire; fire in Fort McMurray; alberta wild fire; oil sands; alberta; Canada fires; forest fire; Canadian wild fire; Alberta Artist; Melissa McKinnon; Calgary artist; Canadian artist; Calgary painter; Calgary paintings; original paintings; landscape paintings; acrylic paintings; birch tree acrylic paintings; tree paintings; aspen tree acrylic paintings; mountain paintings; flower painting; floral still life paintings; abstract paintings; abstract; modern; contemporary; fine art; art; Calgary; Fort McMurray; Alberta; Canada; local artist; art gallery; contemporary landscape painting; contemporary landscape artist; contemporary art; contemporary painting; aspen artist; Melissa Mckinnon; Aspen paintings; Aspen tree forest painting; birch tree painting; birch tree paintings; Autumn Aspen trees; Aspen forest; Aspen landscape; Aspen tree art; Aspen tree artist; Aspen tree paintings; Autumn Aspens; Autumn birches; Aspens; Autumn leaves; Birches; big paintings; large paintings; birds; flying birds; impasto; thick paint; palette knife; birch art; birch paintings; landscape painting commission; aintings for sale; home decor trends; art gallery; art exhibit; new paintings; art shows; custom paintings; painting commission; paintings for sale.Over 80,000 residents have been evacuated, losing their homes along with everything they own to the raging wild fires taking over the city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

In 2013, when Southern Alberta including my home city of Calgary, Alberta was devastated by severe floods, I created two paintings titled “Together We Stand” and auctioned them to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross to aid the flood relief effort. It was a huge success and raised significantly more money than I could have ever contributed on my own.
The wildfires in Fort McMurray have affected over 80,000 people and I can’t help but wonder what more can I do?
In addition to a personal donation from my family, I want to raise more money to help more people to make a bigger impact on the lives of others.
 I’m going to donate 25% of ALL painting sales during the month of May directly to the Canadian Red Cross to aid the wild fire survivors of Fort Mac.

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“Walk With Me” 40″x30″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2400

It gets even better!

All donations to the Red Cross will be matched dollar for dollar by BOTH the Canadian Provincial and Federal Government – allowing 75% of the value of your painting to directly help the many individuals, families and local businesses rebuild everything they’ve lost.

So…

If you’ve had your eye on a painting in my collection, now is the time to make it yours!

Not only will you receive a beautiful one-of-a-kind work of art, you can take comfort in knowing that your purchase is going to help thousands of people get the help they need as they begin to rebuild their lives and reclaim everything they’ve lost.

Now THAT’S how we can make a difference!

All of my current paintings can be found here at www.melissamckinnon.wordpress.com\painting gallery

*Amendment* I’m going to go even further and make this offer applicable to any custom commissions and gift certificates ordered in the month of May!

Mother’s Day is in just a few days – what gift could be as meaningful and have more impact than a beautiful work of art that will profoundly benefit the lives of others?
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Honoured To Be An Inspiration: My Tree Paintings Interpreted By 8-9 Year Old Students Half-way Around the World In Canterbury, England

This morning I received the most beautiful letter that made my heart soar!

I’ve had classes research my work and use my paintings as inspiration for various projects in the past but I just had to share this one! The sheer volume of work, attention to detail and the depth of exploration and experimentation with materials is phenomenal – AND these artists are only 8 and 9 years old!!!

Aren’t these kids amazing!?!

I also want to acknowledge and thank Miss Apps for choosing my work as an inspiration. (It’s not every day that I get chosen over Monet and Picasso!) Her students are very lucky to have such a dedicated teacher who is passionate about the arts and who encourages her students to express themselves creatively. That is the greatest gift! Cheers to you, Miss Apps!

A mixed media piece.

A mixed media piece.

A letter from Miss Apps:

“My name is Roxanne Apps and I am a primary school teacher in Canterbury, Kent (England) and I teach a class of 30 8-9 year olds. For the last 2 weeks we have had what we call ‘Arts Week’ in our school, where each class is required to pick an artist and base all of their work around that one artist for 2 weeks. 

Most classes pick a classic artist such as Monet or Picasso but this year I decided to choose a contemporary artist for a change. I browsed the internet with my class for a creative contemporary artist with a set ‘theme’ that could inspire our work. We stumbled upon your website and instantly fell in love with your paintings (in fact I have become a bit obsessed!). We immediately decided to choose you as our inspiration.

We quickly set about gathering ideas for how we could recreate and interpret your work in our own individual ways. We made oil pastel pictures with black backgrounds and chalk birch trees, we made finger painted leaves with newspaper trees and we also wrote poems about how the colours of the trees make us feel or what they remind us of. There were many other things but it is too much to list! Our favourite piece of all was our joint class canvas. We used thick paints and glue sticks to create the leaves and used masking tape to create the outline of the trees before we scraped card dipped in black paint across to create the effect of the bark on the birch trees. Each child had a go at adding on the layers of leaves and we think you will agree that the finished result looks pretty amazing! 

At the end of the 2 weeks all the children and teachers worked hard to display our work in an exhibition in the school hall. Parents and members of the public were welcomed to come and peruse our artwork and also to buy some of it. The exhibition is still going and all of the money raised will go to a local charity that supports young adults with Downs Syndrome. 

Hundreds of people have turned up over the last few days to look at our beautiful exhibition and many commented on how lovely the work turned out. People were especially intrigued to hear about your work and commented on how stunning your paintings were! It was a nice change from all of the classic artists which surrounded us in the school exhibition. My class’ work sold like hot cakes and I believe this is because they were so passionate about your work that this was reflected in their beautiful pictures. 

I hope you are pleased to know that you have inspired little people who live thousands of miles away (and their teacher!) with your absolutely gorgeous paintings! The class are aware that I am writing to you and would love to hear a comment back from you if you have the time. 

I have copied and pasted some pictures of our hard work and also of the exhibition to show you what you have inspired us to create! 

I hope you enjoy looking through them!

Yours,

Roxanne Apps (Miss Apps)
Teacher and English Coordinator
Wincheap Primary School
Canterbury, Kent”

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England

My Response Letter To the Class:

Dear Miss Apps and the very creative and hard working students of Wincheap Primary School,

Thank you so much for choosing my paintings to inspire you during Art Week.

I am SO proud of all you!

The paintings you created are so beautiful and creative. I love how you used different materials to create variations of your tree paintings, each one is unique and in your own style. I especially loved reading the poems that you wrote to accompany your paintings, beautifully done.

You must have worked very hard to create all of those works of art and I commend you for it! Above all, I hope that you had fun while doing it!

Making art is not about being born with talent, it is about being happy while you create. It’s about being dedicated and passionate about what you create. It’s about making art even if others (or yourself!) tell you it’s not worth it or it’s not good enough. Not everyone has to like what you create. Do what makes you happy and share it with the world, you never know who might see what you create and be inspired by it! 😉 (Like a class full of young artists from halfway around the world!)

Whatever you do, don’t stop creating!

I heard that your art exhibition was a huge success, congratulations! If you have any paintings left for sale, I would love to purchase one for my studio.

I also love that you are donating all of the proceeds to charity. I am a big believer in giving back to your community and I donate artwork to various charity fundraisers throughout the year. It’s a wonderful way to use your passion for art to help others.

Thank you again for sharing your beautiful artwork and poetry with me. I can’t tell you how happy it made me.

I wish all the best and please keep in touch. I’d love to see what you create next!

Creatively yours,

Melissa McKinnon

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England inspired by Melissa McKinnon

Aspen and birch tree paintings by 8 & 9 year old students in Canterbury, Kent, England inspired by Melissa McKinnon

Poetry inspired by their tree paintings.

Poetry inspired by their tree paintings.

The inspiration…

The inspiration…

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Inspiration and New Plein Air Paintings From the Beaches and Coast of Viña del Mar, Chile, South America

I recently packed up all of my necessary art supplies and hauled them, along with my family of five to Chile, South America for six weeks. In addition to touring the land, spending time with our wonderful family and friends, I am also thankful to have had a ton of time to relax, paint, and be inspired by this beautiful country. I have been painting small studies 10″x10″ and 12″x12″ which I am using as inspiration to reinterpret on a larger scale now that I have returned home to Canada. Here is a sneak peak at some of my en plein air paintings from Viña del Mar, Chile, South America.

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One of the many spectacular beaches along the coast of Viña del Mar, Chile.

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One of the many spectacular beaches along the coast of Viña del Mar, Chile.

“Viña del Mar – Study I” 10″x10” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Viña del Mar – Study II” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Viña del Mar – Study II” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

“Viña del Mar – Study III” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“Viña del Mar – Study IV” 12″x12” Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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Here is the newest painting in my new series that was inspired by the majestic ocean and beautiful beaches of Chile, South America. This is a larger painting 24″x24″ that was painted in my studio back home in Canada.

“Se AbrÍo, The Sky Opened” 24″x24″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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I Laughed, I Cried, I Gave A Speech and Most Importantly, Raised A TON of Money for The Alzheimer’s Society

Last night I had the honour and privilege to speak at the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s Annual Fundraiser in Lethbridge, Alberta.  I’m truly grateful to have had the opportunity to share my experiences and memories of my Grandma and how she inspired the painting “In This Moment” which I donated to this event to raise money and awareness for Alzheimers research. Read more about it HERE. 

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Melissa McKinnon speaking at the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s Annual Fundraiser

It amazes me how art has the power to spark emotion and ignite conversation. The highlight of the evening was connecting with other guests and hearing their stories  and experiences with loved ones with Alzheimer’s. It is a heart breaking disease that carries a lot of stigma and shame. It’s wonderful to see so many people uniting together in support.

It is because of events like these that allow The Alzheimer’s Society, a non-profit organization, to fund research, spread awareness and offer community support programs to those who desperately need it.

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Me and my Grandma. At 92 years old she is as funny and beautiful as ever!

My Grandma is and always will be one of the most important women in my life – someone to be admired and respected. She is strong, smart and funnier than most comedians. She is a WWII veteran of the British Army. She raised 5 wild and crazy kids (including my Dad) as a young widow. She is the sweetest and most loving Grandma that I could have ever wished for. You inspire me and I am forever grateful to have you in my life ♥

Fun fact: My Grandma was the one who gave me my first set of oil paints at the age of 9 and thus began my life long passion for painting.

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Artist Melissa McKinnon and her painting “In This Moment” featured in the Lethbridge Herald newspaper.

The final numbers have yet to come in but to date, this painting has raised over $2500! Thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets. The winner of the draw will be announced shortly!

“In This Moment” 24″×36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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“In This Moment” 24″×36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

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About Alzheimer’s disease:

Today, 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with this number expected to increase to 1.4 million in less than 20 years. Although Canada’s aging demographic will continue to fuel these numbers, increasingly people in their 40s and 50s are also being affected. Growing evidence also shows that brain changes resulting in dementia can begin 25 years before symptoms appear. About the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories The Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT is working to change the face of dementia in Alberta and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Society educates supports and advocates for those with dementia and their care partners and promotes research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this debilitating disease. Until a cure is found, we are here to help.

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I Made the News! Using My Artwork To Support A Great Cause

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Artist Melissa McKinnon and her painting “In This Moment” featured in the Lethbridge Herald newspaper.

Last week I was invited to Lethbridge to sit down with Global TV and the Lethbridge Herald to interview about my painting “In This Moment” which is being raffled off to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta.

By donating this painting, I hope to raise a TON of money for the Alzheimer’s Society, so in turn, they can do what they do best and help those affected by this terrible disease. With every $20 donation to the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s 2014 Fundraiser you will receive a raffle ticket and the chance to own this original painting.

Raffle tickets are $20 and available for purchase until FEBRUARY 28, 2014.

To BUY TICKETS and read more about the inspiration behind this painting CLICK HERE.

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Thank you Mark Campbell from Scene and Heard on Global TV  and Nick Kuhl  and David Rossiter from the Lethbridge Herald for helping me raise awareness for Alzheimer’s (and for making me look so good)!

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I am currently accepting CUSTOM PAINTING COMMISSIONS.

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Here Is Your Chance To Buy A Melissa McKinnon Original Painting For $20 AND Support An Amazing Charity That Is Close To My Heart: Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s 2014

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“In This Moment” 24″×36″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas

Purchase Your Raffle Tickets Here For Your Chance To Own This Painting – Fill out this form and I will send you a PayPal invoice to pay by debit or credit card.

Let me tell you a little about the woman who inspired this painting:  My Grandma.

My Grandma is and always will be one of the most important women in my life – someone to be admired and respected. She is strong, smart and funnier than most comedians. She is a WWII veteran of the British Army. She raised 5 wild and crazy kids (including my Dad) as a young widow. She is the sweetest and most loving Grandma that I could have ever wished for.

My Grandma also has Alzheimer’s.

I don’t remember when the symptoms first started,  but over the years her condition worsened and it became more and more difficult to hold a conversation. She now lives in a long term care facility because it’s not safe for her to be alone. When I go to visit her she often doesn’t recognize me and sometimes confuses me with one of my aunts. My Grandma never remembers my daughters, but every time she sees them she falls in love with them as if for the very first time.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that interferes with memory, thinking and behaviour. Symptoms can become severe and often interfere with daily tasks. Currently, there is no cure.

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I am honoured to be the Featured Artist for the 2014 Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s Annual Charity Art Auction and Fundraiser Gala.

I created this painting specifically for this event and I have dedicated it to my Grandmother, Patricia. The title, “In This Moment” represents the wide spectrum of emotions and experiences of caring for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s. “In This Moment” captures the time we have in the present with our loved ones – which is the only moment that matters because with someone with Alzheimer’s memories are fleeting.

By donating this painting, I hope to raise a TON of money for the Alzheimer’s Society, so in turn, they can do what they do best and help those affected by this terrible disease. With every $20 donation to the Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s 2014 Fundraiser you will receive a raffle ticket and the chance to own this original painting.

Raffle tickets are $20 and available for purchase by filling out the form at the TOP OF THIS PAGE.

Please “LIKE” and SHARE this post via email, Facebook and Twitter to help me spread the word. Just click on the social media buttons at the bottom of this page.

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If you would like to join me at the Dinner and Art Auction on March 1  Tickets are $125 and includes an original work of art for you to take home.

Doors open at 5:30 on March 1 at the Lethbridge Lodge for the 6th annual Hearts and Art for Alzheimer’s. The evening starts with an art preview at 5:30 followed by a buffet supper, silent auction, 50/50 draw, art raffle, entertainment, all followed by the art draw. For every ticket purchased for $125 your ticket number goes in a draw. When your number is called you will be escorted to chose the piece you want then it will be wrapped with care ready for you to take home. Most of the art is valued at over $200 which means the ticket price of only $125 is a great bargain.

To purchase tickets to the event, contact Diane Herrick, 403-329-3766| dherrick@alzheimer.ab.ca 

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About Alzheimer’s disease:

Today, 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with this number expected to increase to 1.4 million in less than 20 years. Although Canada’s aging demographic will continue to fuel these numbers, increasingly people in their 40s and 50s are also being affected. Growing evidence also shows that brain changes resulting in dementia can begin 25 years before symptoms appear. About the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories The Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT is working to change the face of dementia in Alberta and improve the quality of life for those with the disease. The Society educates supports and advocates for those with dementia and their care partners and promotes research into effective treatments and finding a cure for this debilitating disease. Until a cure is found, we are here to help.

*****

To see more of my paintings available for purchase, please visit my PAINTING GALLERY.

I am currently accepting CUSTOM PAINTING COMMISSIONS.

To learn more about the process of commissioning a painting with me, CLICK HERE or send me an EMAIL.

To be the first to hear about new paintings, works in progress and news from my studio, 

Sign Up For My Monthly EMAIL NEWSLETTER!

Click To Subscribe: http://eepurl.com/rqj-L

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