Melaine, Krystii, b. Bairnsdale Victoria (Australia)
Krystii Melaine is a figurative and portrait artist on a journey of artistic exploration of the American West and beyond. Classically trained in the realist tradition of the old masters, she captures the essence of each personality or creature and provides us with a glimpse into their lives, using the richness and subtlety of oil paints on linen to tell their stories. In recent years she has expanded her repertoire to delve into the nuances of abstraction.
In 2010, Melaine moved with her husband, author and historian Michael K. Cecil, from Australia to Spokane, Washington, to be closer to her favorite region and its people. In-depth research and hands-on experience inform her paintings. Once all the elements and details of a painting have been thoroughly researched and planned, Krystii sketches the composition in a loose wash of color and tone on a linen panel to establish the basic concept. Then painting alla prima, she begins at the focal point and completes each area as she works, paying careful attention to the myriad elements that make up a successful work of art. Her exemplary skills as a fine artist bring her subjects to life on the canvas, allowing us to personally connect with each person or animal and feel we know them.
Krystii Melaine’s paintings are regularly featured in museum exhibitions including Quest For The West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. She has won many awards and her work has featured in numerous magazines and several books. She is a Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists and a member of the Portrait Society of America.