Melanie Desjardines was born in Saskatchewan, raised in Ashcroft B.C., lived and worked in Edmonton for 15 years, and currently resides in Prince George with her family.
Melanie considers herself a ’self-taught artist with a very active imagination’. She loves to experiment with new materials and techniques every chance she gets, and finds her inspiration in some very odd places. Her intrinsic need to express her ideas has yielded many diverse bodies of work that she exhibits locally and regionally, as well as at her own ‘Groop Gallery’ downtown Prince George.
Watercolors were her first love, however owning a sheet metal shop has proven beneficial to her art-making practice. She has been using metal as her canvas in much of her work lately using acrylic mediums as well as trying collage with found items and rust techniques. Her future plans may include 3-dimensional work as well, but she complains that there aren’t enough hours in the day for all her ideas.
Her favorite motto is “There are no rules”. Creating imagery that delights the eye, shocks or surprises us, or simply questions the mind or the process, makes it all meaningful. She believes that being creative is a state of mind. It’s a way of thinking and looking at things-maybe a little differently than most.
Visit Melanie Desjardines’ website: http://www.desjardinesdesigns.com/