Melissa Gann grew up in the Atlanta area. She studied piano from childhood and received a college degree in piano performance. After graduating, she spent an impromptu month in the Sonoran desert of Arizona with artist and mentor Claudia Hartley. It was there in the indescribable hues of the winter desert that she first fell in love with color and learned to paint in acrylics. After being stopped in her tracks by a painting by Scott Burdick, Melissa was inspired to learn more about painting, especially in oil. She sought out Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon for instruction, and through their generous mentoring and instruction she became an accomplished painter. Melissa continued to refine her skills, studying with such masters as Dan Gerhartz, Casey Baugh, Nancy Seamons Crookston, and Marc Chatov. She is now an award-winning artist, painting landscapes, figures, and portraits.
Melissa Gann currently lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children. There, she continues to make music and art with gratitude to God for the people and circumstances which allow her to celebrate what she sees.
About her painting she says:
“People are endlessly interesting and landscapes have broad appeal, but what’s exciting to me is HOW they are presented. I love simple subjects rendered powerfully with dynamic design and painterly brushwork.”
Artist’s Magazine, November 2013
Competition Spotlight - 29th Annual Art Competition Finalist Melissa Gann
Southwest Art Magazine, October 2012
Artists to Watch: Melissa Gann -- Eye on the Figure
Southwest Art Magazine, July 2011
Mentors and Their Students, Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon / Drawing Out the Best
SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS:
Portrait Society of Atlanta Fall Portrait Exhibition, Gallery 23Ten, Atlanta, GA , Artemis, Exotic, Emily, 2018
Oil Painters of America 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, Artemis, 2014.
Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, InSight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX, Exotic, 2013.
Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Artemis, 2013.
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition, McBride Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Evening Solitude, 2013.
Oil Painters of America 21st Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Evergreen Fine Art, Evergreen, CO, Gentleness, 2012.
Winner: John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence. Link
The Artist's Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition, Finalist in the Portraits/Figures Category, Gentleness, 2012.
American Impressionist Society 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Eckert and Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN, Evening Solitude, 2012.
Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Geometry and Morning Bath, 2012.
Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX, Shopping with Grandmother, 2012.
Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Angélica 2011.
Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX, Water Sprite, 2011.
Oil Painters of America 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Ardent, 2010. Link
Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX, A Hard Sell, 2010. Link
Painting North Carolina - Annual Plein Air Paint Out and Show - Germanton Art Gallery, Germanton, NC, 2010.
American Impressionist Society’s 10th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO, Silk Factory Worker, 2009. Link
Winner: SourceTek Award
Local Color, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA, Nippon Blue, 2009.
Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX, Young and Old, 2009.
Painting North Carolina - Annual Plein Air Paint Out and Show, Germanton Art Gallery, Germanton, 2009.
Flying Solo - Arts at the Airport, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, TN, Headed East, Travel Companions, Becalmed Lemon, Pears Exploring, Flying Saucers, Stepping Out, 2009. Link