Nature as Art – Melissa Doherty

by Starla J. King on August 13, 2010

I’m not sure what made me think of Melissa’s work this morning, but since it’s been hanging on my mind-gallery wall all morning, I guess it wants to be shared!

Want to experience trees and landscapes in a totally different way? Check out Melissa Doherty’s work at .

"Autumn Tips" by Melissa Doherty

"Autumn Tips" by Melissa Doherty

Something about her paintings is to me so haunting, lonely, longing … yet so beautiful, tender, majestic.  A feeling of being both inside and outside the landscape. A feeling of… I don’t know what, exactly.. and I love that!  

In fact, her paintings have had such an impact on me that I’ll now often look at a tree and think, “that’s a Melissa tree!”

I’m just bummed she lives in Canada so I haven’t been able to get to one of her gallery shows yet. 

Here’s to people like Melissa who see things differently and are gifted enough to communicate that out!  

What’s your way of seeing differently??

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Steven Wiebe-King August 20, 2010 at 10:11 am

Nice! the art and the commentary…
Just about everything is art if noticed a certain way… nature really hands it to us.

and yes, I often look at things and think,
“that’s a van Gogh field, or a Monet smokestack,” etc. Artists enrich our perception of our surroundings.


Starla J. King August 23, 2010 at 9:10 am

I so agree, Steven! “just about everything is art if noticed in a certain way” … such a powerful statement when we really pay attention to it.


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