Melanie Circle
Melanie was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  She earned a Bachelor of
Arts from New York State University, studying in England, Spain,
Guatemala and Colombia.  She has lived in the rural Cowichan
Valley of Vancouver Island for over 25 years.  Although basically a
self-taught artist, she attended the Metchosin Summer School of the
Arts where she studied with Jack Wise.  Her studies, work and travel
have taken her through many parts of Latin America, Europe,
Morocco, Israel, China and India.  Most recently, she walked the
Camino de Santiago in northern Spain and worked as an election
observer in El Salvador, the United States and Ukraine.  All of these
explorations inform her work.

Whether the emerging subject is recognizable as people, flowers or
landscape, or  is purely abstract, her paintings in gouache and oils
are alive with colour and movement.  While her monoprints and
lithographs are lively ventures into the unknown, her drypoints tend to
explore more lyrical line and tone.  Delicate line and bold colour
combine to form her mandalas.

In the past several years, Melanie has participated in twelve
Canadian group shows.  She has had five one-woman exhibitions
since 1995.  Her work can be found in private collections in Canada,
the United States, Argentina, Belize, England, India, Israel and
Mexico.

Melanie offers
Art Exploration Workshops that provide others the
opportunity to experience the healing aspects of making art.  She
has given workshops at the Canadian Congress of
Gather the
Women,
as part of Hospice training, at private and public schools,
and in her studio.  She will be teaching at the Haliburton School of
the Arts where she previously graduated from their post-graduate
Expressive Arts Program.