Melissa Arthur often paints along her favorite hiking trails and is attracted to the challenge of attempting to capture a moment of beauty in ever changing outdoor elements. While painting outdoors Melissa Arthur strives to simplify the landscape into one theme that conveys the mood of a scene. Patterns in nature and influences of light are of particular interest to the artist when selecting a scene to paint.
Melissa Arthur participates in national juried exhibitions, gallery shows and plein air painting events. In 2015 she was an invited artist in Celebrating Rocky: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. She was an invited artist in the 2015 Paint The Poudre Plein Air Exhibition. She won the Artists’ Choice Award in the 2014 En Plein Air Texas. She received the Best of Acrylic Award in the 2014 Louisville Art Association Fall Members Show. She won a steak and lobster dinner train ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad for her painting of Devil’s Gate during the 2013 Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival. She participated in a painting marathon with Plein Air Artists Colorado that was mentioned in the August – September 2013 issue of Plein Air Magazine.
Catch a glimpse of Melissa Arthur painting along the hiking trail in the Nick Molle Production – The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park which aired on PBS nationwide in 2015. This documentary explores the history of Rocky Mountain National Park and celebrates its 100th Anniversary. It may be purchased at Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Centers.