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Melanie Thompson
Richland, Washington

Melanie Thompson was first inspired to paint the landscape after working three seasons as a wildland firefighter. She was trained as a graphic designer at the time, but always knew she was an artist at heart. Working weeks at a time digging fireline, monitoring fire behavior, hiking, and sleeping under the stars, Melanie was deeply moved by the stunning vistas and by the fierce beauty of nature. Melanie paints exclusively en plein air to better capture the appearance and feel of a specific moment, “the smell of dust, the hot sun, or the cooling shade of a passing cloud.”

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The Road to Dug Bar
by MELANIE THOMPSON


Oil painting on stretched canvas
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2015

24" h x 36" w x 1" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.

$2,725


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This piece was inspired by the breathtaking view from an old rugged road along the Imnaha River in rural eastern Oregon. The late afternoon light cast vivid shadows on the cathedral-like canyon walls along the Imnaha River. I never did make it to Dug Bar, a boat launch on the Snake River popular with fishers and hikers alike, because I had to pull over and paint the beautiful peaks I saw along the way. The studies I did then helped inform this larger painting. This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished white edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang.

Oil painting

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Stretched canvas

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