Jen Tough Gallery


Melissa McGill


Look for Melissa's upcoming June solo show, Memories of Water

My work is my attempt to communicate the way I see the world, through the subtle shift of colour and form created by changing light or social issues which touch my heart. Both filter through brush, into composition in ways Iā€™m sometimes unaware of until a piece is finished. 

I build up my paintings in a very organic way. Using familiar visual signs, I move between different styles, combining abstraction with figuration, to create a stream of consciousness narrative, hinting at the layers under the surface of our decisions and actions.

Melissa McGill has been working as a Mixed Media artist since 1993. Much of her work consists of photo collage combined with encaustic or acrylic medium. Multi layered, luminous images, combining industry and nature have become her trademark. For the past 15 years she has been working as a commercial artist as well with a client list that includes, Sony, Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Adobe, AT&T, Graphique De France, Elle, McGraw Hill and more. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections around the world.