Indoor and Outdoor: Painting by Melissa Kenyon McIntyre
Melissa Kenyon McIntyre is an artist based in New Mexico. In her practice, Melissa works in a range of mixed media, from traditional acrylic paint to more inventive applications of household construction materials. The artist’s works are often inspired by her surrounding environment, indoor and outdoor.
Melissa’s landscape paintings do a beautiful job of capturing the scale of outdoor spaces, even when the focus is on a relatively small area -- a single property or a building perched under a tree. The artist’s graphic, high-contrast style of painting reminds me of work by Cecilia Lea, who captures the BC landscape with a similar hand.
In her recent practice, Melissa has produced a series of miniature acrylic paintings, depicting everything from style-life, to domestic scenes, to landscapes, to architecture. I quite enjoy the way that the small scale of these paintings brings about a different focus -- at such a scale, the texture of paint and canvas becomes much more present than in might be in a larger painting, and the work takes on a kind of rustic, welcoming aesthetic by embracing the rough fibre pattern of the substrate.