Melanie Grein

Artistic Expression

In this interactive group session, led by Dr. Akshata Hopkins and artist Melanie Grein, you’ll learn how art can be used to tap into unexplored creative spaces of your brain. Through different media, this hands-on class will make art approachable and fun. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.


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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.

When I paint abstracts, I use heavy, strong shapes in a somewhat playful manner incorporating contrasting layers to activate the surface and reveal passages of time and history.

When I paint landscapes, I am responding. Being still and taking in the horizon. A meditation of time overlapping time as if my aperture has been left open. The pure act of painting delights me, adding and eliminating, shifting and restructuring elements until the moment a solution reveals itself. 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. The process is completely engaging, exhilarating, frustrating, and rewarding.

See Melanie’s work locally at Lyon’s Share Gallery in downtown Fairhope.