Melissa Sutherland

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Chaotic Silence (11″ x 14″), acrylic on canvas, $250

My work is known for including a combination of sultry hues, complex images and a vibrancy that almost screams at you, but this time around, I have chosen a slightly different approach.   Each painting is loaded with feelings of happiness and pain, issues her community struggles with, history and patterns, feelings that I have tried to hold back and put out at the same time. I have always struggled with the verbal expression of love, keeping it all inside, and this series of work is her chance to convey something that I had difficulty communicating for a very long time.