ARTIST STATEMENT

Melissa Milton enjoys layering many transparent colors on top of one another as a way to suggest new colors and shapes to the viewer.

She paints using conductive paintbrushes and styluses on a computer tablet touchscreen. Most art pieces are entirely painted whereas others occasionally originate from digital photographs she takes and then later paints upon (they are labeled as such on her website). She sometimes takes photographs of people underwater because she finds the resultant light effects and shapes to be beautiful.

Melissa prefers digital art for very pragmatic reasons: She is physically disabled and typically paints lying down. Unlike with wet paint, when one uses digital paint there is no way to spill the liquids. After a digital painting is completed, it is printed out on fine art cotton rag paper or canvas. Canvases are then stretched onto wooden frames and varnished. They are sometimes additionally texturized by being overpainted by hand with a clear paint gel medium.

Water is a major influence in Melissa’s artwork because although she can only stand for about five minutes on land, she can stand for hours in the low gravity environment of water. She therefore spends time in water every day. This heavily influences her artwork. It explains a recurring artistic theme of people, animals, or objects gliding about almost weightlessly. A fluidity in the painting style itself frequently appears in her artwork.

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