About Me

Melissa Mason is a contemporary Abstract-Expressionist painter best known for her equine art.  Many of her paintings are non-representational, but there is a reoccurring equine motif in the work.  The devotion and familiarity of horses is an enduring constant in her life, so it seems only natural for her to use it to explore the painting process.

The energy and freedom of the Abstract-Expressionists deeply influenced her and instilled a passion for the direction she choose in her art making.   She compares line and color to musical notes and seeks to combine them to create harmonious, lyrical abstractions.  The process involves pouring, brushing, and dripping paint to activate the surface, letting the colors merge into beautifully formed shapes and then responding to that surface to finish the composition.

Her art has garnered many awards, is in the collection of the Florida Museum of Art in Deland FL, The Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach Florida, along with multiple corporate and private collections.    The work has also been published in Picturing Florida-from the 1st Coast to the Space Coast, a book featuring 38 Florida artists   

Originally from Western Maryland, she now calls Central Florida her home

Statement

Creating beauty and order out of chaos, I find it endlessly challenging and fulfilling to start with randomness and then follow it to see where it leads me.  Chance happenings are both catalyst and guide.  Alternating between calculated drawing and gestural mark-making; focused exploration and spontaneous experimentation; thoughtful color placement and impulsive splashes of paint, I explore the balance between extremes. These paintings, a record of that dialogue, meld my innate need to create with a desire to evoke a visceral response in the viewer.

 

Selected Exhibitions/Awards

2016 Ormond Museum of Art
2015 Spectrum Miami FL
        MAC Fine Art, Ft Lauderdale FL
        Roan + Black Gallery Saugatuck MI
2014 TEW Gallery, Atlanta GA
        Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck MI
2013 Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck MI
2012 EQUUS2 person Show, TEW gallery, Atlanta, GA
        Solo show, Marleau Gallery,  Saugerties,  NY
2011 THROUGH THE COLLECTORS EYE-group show at the Florida Museum of Women           Artist, Deland, FL
        NEO EXPRESSIONS: Three person show-Hollingsworth Gallery,  Palm Coast,  FL
2010 ART LEAGUE MEMBERS SHOW-Achievement Award,  Daytona Beach. FL
2009 COLOR MY WORLD   2 person show- Art League of Daytona Beach, FL
        ART LEAGUE MEMBERS SHOW-1st Place, Daytona Beach, FL
2008 PICTURING FLORIDA-group show, Fogle Fine Art, Jacksonville, FL
        Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association Art Show-group show,             Ocala, FL
        HORSES & HEALING BENEFIT ART EXHIBIT: Casselberry City Hall, FL
        ARTIST WORKSHOP 50TH ANNIVERSARY MEMBERS SHOW-Best of Show, New               Smyrna Beach, FL
2007 EQUUS: THE ART OF THE HORSE-group show,  Museum of Florida Art-Deland FL
        EQUINE ART-group show, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
        EQUIFEST-Featured Artist, Deland Museum of Art, FL
        WASHINGTON THROROUGHBRED FOUNDATION EQUINE ART-2nd place and                   peoples' choice awards,               Auburn, WA
2006 EQUIFEST-Award of Merit, Museum of Florida Art, Deland, FL

PRESS/PUBLICATION

Picturing Florida-from the 1st Coast to the Space Coast, a book featuring 38 Florida artists
Horse Sayings-wit & wisdom straight from the horse’s mouth
HITS-2008 Winter Circuit cover artist
Arbus-N. Florida’s Arts & Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2008
 Backstage Pass  Feb 2008
Orlando Arts Magazine May/June 2008

MUSEUM AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Museum of Art and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
Museum of Florida Art, Deland FL
Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
Del FriscoGrille, Houston,  TX
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Ocala, FL
The Towers at Williams Square, Irving, TX
SQ Advisors Naples FL
Beaux-Art Group Tampa FL