I carve my worries into the sand and wait for the waves to carry them off; there is nothing so bad that the sea cannot ease. There is a sense of soothing in the bittersweet breeze. This is my place to ground and centre myself, to take stock before gathering my thoughts and pushing on with life. This is a legacy from a childhood of boats and beaches – I have always come to the coast to find my balance.
I have a healthy respect for the changes in the tides and the wind, instilled in me from a young age. The sea is a fickle and tempestuous creature, and I am in awe of it.
I can only attempt to capture fragments of its many moods.
Shop 16, Salamanca Arts Centre
Mel is a self-taught artist from a family of painters, whose vivid seascapes capture the shifting moods of the sea and the shore. She takes her inspiration from the diverse coastline of the south east coast of Tasmania, using painting knife to explore the many colours and textures.
Mel’s work reflects her fascination with the intense patterns of Tasmanian weather and its effects on shaping the coastal environment, and in turn the lives of the people who live by the sea.
Mel’s current home studio is based on a farm on the outskirts of Dunalley, overlooking beautiful Norfolk Bay.