Melanie Grein - Architecture & Design and Paintings
Melanie Grein
Melanie Grein

Melanie Grein

Denver, CO

I paint as a form of expression and self discovery. Each mixed media work is a story within itself representing a journey, memory or a mood. No matter what I’m painting, it’s always relationships. Relationships of space, line, color and texture. How everything interacts together.

I get lost in the act of painting. The process is so engaging.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I work in multiples so each piece informs the next. Adding and eliminating, shifting and restructuring elements until the moment a solution reveals itself.
I use contrasting layers to activate the surface and reveal passages of time and history. The process is completely engaging, exhilarating, frustrating and rewarding."
-- Melanie Grein
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"Thornton Wilder wrote, "We are most alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." I would like people to participate in this awareness through my paintings."
-- Melanie Grein
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"I love it when I can incorporate an occasional paw print into the piece and have it become a happy surprise element. Puppies!"
-- Melanie Grein
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I am obsessed with Micaceous Iron Oxide! It feels like asphalt when dry and it catches the light with what looks to be tiny flecks of diamonds throughout. It's in every abstract I've ever created!"
-- Melanie Grein
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What motivates and inspires you?

"I'm inspired by exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail. Examples include; a chunk of turquoise, a maple leaf, phases of the moon. This also holds true for architecture, Interiors, jewelry, fashion... I appreciate it all!"
-- Melanie Grein
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What makes a space special?

"A space is special when it makes a statement or evokes a mood and the painting in its context enhances both."
-- Melanie Grein
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What’s unique about your work?

"I'm intrigued by the power of a small detail or single element to create a shift in the harmony, balance or tension of a composition. I use mark making as a language, large and small, to create that shift."
-- Melanie Grein
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