Melissa Peck is a very busy woman these days. A gorgeous mother of two beautiful daughters, Peck’s hardest task is finding a balance between being a devoted mother and highly sought after artist. Her remarkable work showcases the different stages of her life illustrating how she has grown and evolved. Melissa’s whimsical characters are in such demand that it is not uncommon for a collector to purchase her latest piece before it has a chance to grace the gallery walls.
With an upcoming solo show at Bonner David Galleries on November 4th Melissa has been tirelessly working away in her Utah studio. Her latest pieces deliver fresh and inspiring characters sure to please collectors and critics alike. With an impressive combination of raw talent, dedication, and flawless attention to detail, it is no wonder that Melissa has received countless accolades for her work. Most recently Peck was featured on the cover of the June 2010 issue of Art Calendar.In anticipation of her upcoming show we just had to ask her a few questions about her work, her life, and that $100 paper tab from her trip to Germany. Here is what she offered for our readers:
Bonner David Galleries: You often portray your characters wearing whimsical masks. Are there deeper metaphors or meanings associated with this?
Melissa: If I could actually convey this concept in words I would say they are like the different parts of ourselves and the different roles we play. Also, kind of how we protect ourselves, or the things we hide behind.
BDG: Looking back on your early career, how have you evolved?
Melissa: For one, my characters now have more consistency in the way I paint them like the eyes, nose and faces. I also feel that I have become more confident in my work and it shows; it’s unique and different. Initially, I painted in the way I thought I should paint, maybe more representational…now I have more freedom to paint what I want instead of painting what I think I should be painting.
BDG: How have your daughters influenced your work?
Melissa: For one, their drawings and their writing. I just love the randomness of children’s writing. I use it literally in my paintings. They also have pretty strong opinions about different elements of my work. For instance the other day my daughter came into the studio as I was working on the Wizard of Oz pieces. She asked what color I was going to paint the dress of Gilda the witch, when I replied that I didn’t know she said very matter of factly “Mom needs to be pink!”
BDG: We know you love all of your paintings, but we have to know, do you have a favorite piece from this collection?
Melissa: I am really loving “Katie”.
BDG: It is Saturday afternoon, you are taking the day off from painting, and you want to do something fun, what are you doing?
Melissa: Running, I love to run. Also, going to the movies…I rarely watch TV so I love going to the movies and really getting into the story.
BDG: We read that you spent over $100 dollars on paper in Germany, how did this obsession for paper, patterns, and fabric begin?
Melissa: The paper, I don’t know, I started painting on watercolor paper early on. I love to put my daughter’s drawings on paper and I just love the way the white contrasts with the colors on the paper. I just love paper. As far as the patterns; I have loved patterns FOREVER! I have always integrated patterns in my work. For this show I bought a book while in Japan of vintage fabric, it’s actually a German book which is funny. I used the patterns from the book in a lot of the paintings for this show
BDG: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Melissa: My relationships with others.
“Evolution in Color” debuts November 4th 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Bonner David Galleries. Please contact us for additional information and to receive a sneak peak of the new collection or click here:http://www.bonnerdavid.com/Artview1.asp?At=MelissaPeck