Featured Artisan Spotlight: Melanie Feltham, melaniefelthamart
Posted by pauljvguillaume on 06/07/2011 at 08:37:37
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.
I'm a Newfoundlander with a lot of education. Despite having spent almost 12 years in post secondary and now finishing my third degree, I still today identify myself as an artist. I would love nothing more than to spend all my working hours creating beautiful artwork for people. My studio is in my apartment in a neighborhood called Georgetown in St. John's. Apparently there is something in the water here because there are more artists within my postal code than any other in Canada.
If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?
The one thing that defines me is my taste in music. The definition is ever changing but the bases still stay the same. Even though it is great to choose something to match the mood I am in, if I'm feeling at all down, I just turn up one of the upbeat favorites for an instant mood changer.
Where did you learn your medium?
I discovered artist quality coloured pencils about two years ago. I had done a drawing of my dad’s dog that had passed away for his birthday in chalk, conte, and some pencils I had picked up at my local art store specifically for the job. I was so pleased and surprised by the quality of the outcome that I started looking into those pencils as a medium. I picked up some books on the subject and became hooked. The work always turns out amazing. I surprise myself every time because I had no training; it is something that just comes naturally now when I pick up a pencil.
How did you come to find a home on ArtFire?
I came to ArtFire after discovering a jewelry artisan on Facebook who was using it. I had been looking for such an avenue for quite a while and this one is perfect! I am hoping that ArtFire will be helpful in getting me established as an artist.
Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
Purchasing handmade products benefits everyone involved. It benefits the artist by sustaining their passion in life, the buyer by giving them a quality product made with care, and society by improving the economy of the local artisan. It also is often better for our environment.