Melanie MacDonald’s intricate, light infused paintings depict the (all too often overlooked) details of the everyday environments that surround us. Her subjects have ranged from vignettes of dirty dishes, vintage board games, scrapbooks, and ceramic figurines to studies of fishing lures, pond life, and lichen. Using her own photographs as the basis of her paintings, she seeks to capture her subjects in just the right perspective, with superior detail.
MacDonald “regards her paintings as visual poems that mark the brief, curious moments that punctuate the everyday.” In the tradition of still life painting, her works arrest time for the sake of contemplating the transient nature of our lives.
MacDonald holds a combined Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Arts and English from Brock University, ON. She has exhibited in public and commercial galleries across Ontario as well as farther reaching in the state of New York, USA. Her works are held in private collections across Canada, the United States and Australia, and the public collections of the City of St. Catherines and Rodman Hall Arts Institute in Niagara, ON. In addition to her studio-based painting practice, she frequently works on large-scale murals and public art projects, and is an active member of the Niagara Artists Centre. She is currently based in St. Catherines, ON.