Rope and Reins, oil, 32 x 24 by Krystii Melanie
Australian painter Krystii Melaine had a childhood that left her well prepared for a future career in the often solitary business of art-making—but it also left her dubiously prepared to function in the world. “I was absolutely the shyest kid ever invented,” she relates. “It seems like I didn’t say anything to anybody until I was 17. Then in high school I got a job as a waitress, I was out there on my own, and it was a rude awakening because I realized I had to talk.”
It’s an isolated, expansive, and quiet place, ever so slightly reminiscent of the even larger landscape she admires in the American West. But nothing in Australia, she concedes, can match the scale and grandeur of the Rocky Mountains or the visual connection to history provided by a cowboy in spurs. That’s why the artist returns to Wyoming and other parts of the western United States as often as three times a year. It’s the seemingly endless source of most of her artistic inspiration these days.
Just as Melaine has become something of a globetrotter, her art has found an international welcome, gaining numerous collectors and honors in the United States…
Featured in July 2007
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