My visit to this marshy area resulted in photos that I'm only now beginning to use as references for paintings. To share my feelings of the awesomeness of nature I used acrylic inks and luminous watercolors. Some of the inks are iridescent and they shine in different areas of the painting depending on the light. I wanted to paint an impression and added reds as well as the spontaneous line work that I applied with masking fluid before the first wash. I LOVE this finished piece!

- Melissa Gannon


Watercolor; acrylic inks, gouache on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front and back

16" h x 20" w 
0 lbs. 12 oz.



Melissa Gannon
Gladstone, Oregon

Getting to Know Melissa

Melissa is passionate about color. She finds it to be the most significant form of inspiration to paint. Speaking on influences in her work, Melissa says, “Sometimes it’s an idea that I can’t get out of my head, or a color that I just MUST paint!” She particularly enjoys painting leaves, and the changing colors of Oregon foliage are visible in her work. In 2001, Melissa began teaching art classes, which has allowed her to view her own artwork in a new way. “The information that flows in a class is awesome,” she says. Melissa is constantly learning from the students in her classes, and is more conscious of what it means to be an artistic role model.