Following up on the series of blog posts about Connections, today I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine who I met a few years ago when she asked me to photograph her family! I have known her in-laws for a long time as they are from this small community that I call home. It was when their son moved back with his family that I had the opportunity to meet his wife, Melanie.
Getting to know Melanie over the last couple of years has been such a blessing, she is a caring and giving woman with crazy amazing gifts in art. Like anything art. Pretty much you name it, she is amazing at it! It is a gift that she blesses so many with in so many ways.
With small children, she has just started to put herself out there to the community (and beyond) business wise. She offers art classes, paint parties and does commissioned work. I am so excited to see where this blessing takes her! She offers so much to our group of creatives.
Let me introduce you to Melanie Braund, of Melanie Braund Fine Art.
I have always been an artist at heart. Some of my earliest memories are of building wood projects in the garage with my Dad or dreaming and drawing in my sketchpad. I am mostly self-taught through practice and passion, but I did have a few instrumental art teachers along the way.
In 2000, I started my Journeyman apprenticeship, and in 2003 received my Red Seal and became an official Journeyman welder. For ten years I built pump-jacks professionally while dabbling in metal bending and sculpture in my spare time.
In 2005, on an ornate garden bridge that I designed and built out of metal, I got married to the love of my life.
I’ve worked in many mediums and tried many techniques over the years: acrylic, oil, oil pastel, charcoal, scratchboard, watercolor, airbrushing, pencil, pen & ink, clay sculpture, photography, plaster, resin and metal sculpture. For many years I focused on creating realism in my art, but I’ve recently begun exploring the abstract. My newest pieces have a 3D effect with the use of plaster, acrylic paints, and resin.
The recent addition of a full-time art studio in my home has allowed me to upgrade my techniques and materials and has provided a quiet sanctuary for me to lose myself in my art and explore new media, methods and techniques.
Also to expand my skills and business I’ve started painting live in Paint Nights sessions. I hire myself out in these very social, all skill level, fun events.
With a lot of help and support from family, friends and my husband, I feel ready to share my artwork with the public, and try to make my dream of becoming a professional artist a reality. I recently launched my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/melaniebraundfineart.
When I’m not in my studio, I am enjoying my three beautiful young children and my husband on our acreage located just outside small town Plamondon, Alberta.