Melissa McKinnon: Artist

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

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Painting LIVE in Banff, Alberta – A Prairie Inspired Landscape Painting With Colourful Cloudy Sky After a Storm

Painting LIVE in Banff!
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on this gorgeous landscape painting commissioned by a national medical research company. I finished the painting live on stage at the Banff Springs Hotel at one of Canada’s largest medical conferences – an extraordinary experience!

‘From Darkness Into Light’
2017
Acrylic on Canvas
36″x24″

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The finished painting ‘From Darkness Into Light’ 36″x24″

Our intent was to convey the feelings of a person transitioning from the darkness of disease into health and light. The inspiration was a beautiful prairie landscape featuring a big cloudy sky. You can see the dark, tumultuous storm clouds on the left and how they begin to transition into glowing sun lit clouds.

Although the painting “From darkness into Light” has been purchased by the medical company who hired me, it became a study for a larger painting which I created afterward in my studio.

‘After the Storm’
2017
Acrylic on Canvas
48″x30″

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‘After the Storm’ 48″x30″ Acrylic Painting on Canvas $2900

The billowing clouds and soft light give this painting a dramatic and beautiful atmosphere. The impasto brush strokes capture the feeling of movement and light felt when you are outdoors in the fresh air after a summer storm.

At the time of writing, “After the Storm’ is currently available for purchase.

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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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