It's all About the Little Things

Melissa Hartley Melissa Hartley

Dimensions: 20 x 20

Medium: Acrylic on gessoboard

Melissa Hartley uses the portrait to explore facets of beauty, history and fiction. Her compositions feature darkly poetic women framed by classical and enveloping against undefined backgrounds. These mystical portraits of women, are seeped in the natural world, each work contains an element of the supernaturally surreal. Her talent is to both compel and confound with the inscrutable gaze of each lady, gazing out from what appears to be another century. Like a siren, each face beckons with a sense of hidden drama. Hartley's inspiration is diverse, her paintings predominately draw on the sublime beauty of nature, old traditional craftsmanship, especially botanical illustrations of the past, and fashion photography. In the spectrum of fantasy hers is a vision of the exquisite and the dark, the seductive and the unknowable.


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