Katie Melanson

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Katie Melanson


A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Katie resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada with her husband and young daughter. Katie is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University with a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics, a graduate of the Academy of Realist Art (ARA), a private institution teaching drawing and painting in the old master tradition, and studied icon writing at the St Vladimir Institute.

Named one of the top 21 emerging artists under the age of 31 by Southwest Art Magazine in September, 2011 her published piece “Everlasting Moments” caught the interest of American art collectors and galleries, creating several commission and business opportunities. As well as being honorably mentioned in the prestigious Art Renewal Center’s International Salon competition in the still life category, her artwork graces the cover of the New Margaree Handbook, a guide to the salmon pools in Margaree, Cape Breton; a place near and dear to her heart and where she herself loves to fish. She has exhibited at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax Nova Scotia, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick and many of her pieces have toured with various exhibitions in Atlantic Canada. She was also featured in the documentary film, Searching for Realism. Currently working on new commissions for international private buyers, she is also developing a body of work which includes the genres of portraiture, landscape, and still life for a future solo exhibition.  

Katie sees objects, landscapes and faces as powerful storytellers and possible reactions to and insights triggered by art as limitless. When composing a painting, whether still life, landscape, or portrait, her hope is to communicate “something” that inspires viewers to stop, look and reflect. Her wish is for her work to invite viewers into the detail and remind them that some of the most memorable and beautiful moments in time are often of the littlest details we take for granted

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