melana bontrager

Artist Statement 

I am fascinated by the complexities and details of relationships.  Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am surrounded by the richness of nature: the layers in soil, the jagged patterns in rock, the physical interaction between shape and line. These natural components can simultaneously offer a soothing element of repetition, and an unsettling element of fragmentation. Similarly, our reality as human beings hold these same elements of tension: our experiences are rarely all-good or all-bad, rather, we experience everything in chorus. There can be beauty in these seemingly contradictory elements; an unexpected harmony and loveliness.  It is this beautiful contradiction that I attempt to convey in my work.

As an artist with a background in Art Therapy, I place high value on the thought and motivation behind creative expression. Art reflects life. Life is an abstract of emotions and experiences and happenings: we don’t often get to see the big picture, but the details engage us and we are drawn into the intimacy of individual moments. These moments can be sacred, they can be unnerving, they can be hopeful. I create in response to the moments I observe and experience. It is my intent that my focus on line, color, composition, and abstraction in my art invite new perspectives, shift perceptions of reality, and ignite conversation.

Artist Biography

Melana has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Taylor University in Indiana and has studied painting/drawing at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.  Additionally, Melana has a Masters degree in Art Therapy from Hofstra University, which has encouraged an integration of emotion and intimacy in her creative process. Melana lives in the Pacific Northwest city of Everett, WA.