About Melissa Mahoney

Fine artist

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Palo Alto, California

(805) 450-6844

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Vortices draw all that surround them into their powerful currents. I’m interested in these masses of energy and how they can contain and then transfer their energy. Each piece is intended to convey a sense of motion and an energy that captures, and then transcends, the particular subject matter.

 

Translating these energies in raw form, I feed the canvas with paint, dyes, metal leaf, enamel and modeling paste, utilizing color with shades of dark and light. In turn, the completed work expresses this dynamic force, inviting the viewer to receive the energy if they choose to.

 

 “I love collaborating with my clients. There’s a great synergy that comes from this, and it manifests in the my artwork in a transformative way,” says Melissa.

 

Melissa Mahoney grew up in a family of artists, drawing and painting. She received formal art training at the University of Georgia where she earned a BFA. She went on to study art in Tuscany, Italy.

Bay Area Inspired from the Vortices series

 

Vortices draw all that surround them into their powerful currents. I’m interested in these masses of energy and how they can contain and then transfer their energy. With my paintings, a thought or idea sparks a creation that starts the transfer to a two-dimensional surface. Each piece is intended to convey a sense of motion and an energy that captures, and then transcends, the particular subject matter.

 

My recent series is inspired by the Bay Area. I have recreated in abstract form the dynamic forces of the monumental Golden Gate Bridge, with its distinct international orange paint color, the cool and heavy marine layer of fog that rolls into the hills of San Francisco and the turbulent and calming blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Translating these energies in raw form, I feed the canvas with paint, dyes, metal leaf, enamel and modeling paste, utilizing color with shades of dark and light. In turn, the completed work expresses this dynamic force, inviting the viewer to receive the energy if they choose to.

 

Golden Gate / Emerging

Original acrylic on wood panel

Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 1.25"

Bay Area Inspired: Golden Gate Bridge


When the steel for the Golden Gate Bridge was fabricated by Bethlehem Steel at its foundries, the steel was coated with a red lead primer. As the bridge towers began to rise for the Golden Gate Bridge, consulting architect Irving F. Morrow was commuting to the construction site from his home in the East Bay via ferry. He became inspired by the red lead color. Morrow undertook color studies, which resulted in the specification of the unique Golden Gate Bridge International Orange because it blended well with the nearby hills and contrasted with the ocean and sky.  (Excerpt from goldengatebridge.org)

 

"I’m inspired by this distinct orange color and the majestic scale and design of the Golden Gate Bridge. This series of paintings is my abstract representation of the monumental force that the Golden Gate Bridge exudes."

— Melissa Mahoney

Fog / Sheen

Original acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 36" x 36" x 1.25"

Bay Area Inspired: Fog


Fog is a complex atmospheric phenomenon. It is a visible mass consisting of cloud water droplets or ice crystals that are suspended in the air at or near the Earth’s surface. Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud, and it is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, wind conditions, and even human activities. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

 

"Fog has so many sensations and moods. At first, I am attracted to the dark, dense early morning fog that is heavy with water. And then I welcome its iridescent, almost silver, light as it begins to lift and burn off, welcoming the warm rays of the sun. I created the colors and moods in these paintings with paint, enamel and foil leaf."

— Melissa Mahoney

Pacific Ocean / Luster

Original acrylic and enamel on wood panel

Dimensions: 36" x 36" x 1.25"

Bay Area Inspired: Pacific Ocean

 

The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest ocean. It covers about 46% of the Earth’s water surface and about one-third of its total surface area, making it larger than all of the Earth’s land area combined. The Pacific Ocean’s name was coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during his circumnavigation of the world in 1521. As he encountered favorable winds on reaching the ocean, he called these waters Mar Pacifico, which is Portuguese for “peaceful sea.” (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

 

"I find the Pacific Ocean both calming and turbulent; I’m drawn to all of its energies. It displays a range of colors: from indigo and teal at its depth to bright turquoise and blue when the waves are cresting. Its colors and force of nature are captivating."

— Melissa Mahoney

Ensō-inspired

Ensō is a Japanese word meaning “circle”. It symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, the universe and the void. As an “expression of the moment,” it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art. While traditionally painted on silk or rice paper in one movement, I paint on raw linen, canvas and wood panels using multiple brush strokes.

 

"I try to capture the circular energy by striking the canvas boldly with a brush loaded with paint. I see this as controlled chaos—there’s both a planned and unexpected outcome."

— Melissa Mahoney

 

Customize your workplace with paintings inspired by your company logo. The artist collaborates with you to create custom artwork that visually conveys your company's brand attributes; bold and energetic, calming and relaxing, or grounded and secure.

Exhibitions

©2017 Melissa Mahoney

My personal mission

 

To enrich myself and those around me, by creating and sharing engaging artwork.

 — Melissa Mahoney