Melissa Milton layers transparent colors to suggest hues and shapes. She paints using conductive paintbrushes and styluses on an electronic touchscreen because she is disabled and paints lying down. It’s pragmatic: There is no way to spill the paint. She then creates Limited Edition gicleé canvases.
A former attorney, Melissa Milton began creating art late in life after becoming disabled by a neurological disorder, Dysautonomia. She mostly paints while lying down due to physical limits with standing up and sitting up. Although she is limited in her movements on land, Melissa moves about quite well in the low gravity environment of water. She, therefore, spends a lot of time in the water. The daily hours spent moving about freely in water play a large role in influencing her art.
Water is her freedom. The figures or objects in her artwork often glide about effortlessly with water’s weightlessness and fluidity. The paint layers are themselves often translucent like water.
"I create art mainly because I enjoy doing so. I also enjoy listening to other people’s reactions to and interpretations of what I create. My third pleasure from creating art has come from various people expressing to me that is has made them feel hopeful."
Melissa has been pleasantly surprised to learn that creating her art has served as an inspiration to some people because it makes them feel that they may likewise transform their own life challenges into something positive.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist