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Melanie Pruitt

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Artists Bio: 
Melanie Pruitt has been painting with watercolor since 2005. She has sold her paintings and ACEO's in a variety of venues including online at EBay and Etsy. She has also won 2 awards in the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society shows in 2009 and 2010 as well as various "Artist Choice" awards from art groups on EBay.

She has studied watercolor technique under Ron Ranson, exploring unique landscape impressionistic techniques and enjoys painting landscapes using her hake brush. 

Melanie has also developed a series of paintings in a style she's titled "Enchanted" as well as continuing to enjoy exploring a variety of styles in the creation of ACEO's.

Her paintings have been purchased by collectors around the world, and she was commissioned by "Cedar House Soaps" for a unique painting of their sales cottage, which was used on their soap labels.

Artist Statement:

I love to paint with watercolors. The movement and dance that occurs between the pigment and water along with the unpredictable results are fascinating to me. Every painting I sit down to do is an adventure!

My goal is to share my love for, and awe in, God and his creation of nature and beauty. I feel the best art touches my heart and makes me "feel" the passion of the artist. The feelings I get when I see great artistic works can be joyous, peaceful, or even sad (one of my favorite art pieces makes me cry). But it's when the artwork lets me peek into the heart of the artist that I am most moved. This is what I want from my paintings... to reveal my heart and passions. And as I do, I hope to also draw the viewer closer to the creator of all beauty, just as I am when I am painting. 

I have always been a creative person, but it wasn't until fairly recently that I began to paint in watercolor and sell my art. I was a very active person, most of my life, and my artistic/creative outlets fell in areas like competitive diving, gymnastics, garden design, and most recently, developing and teaching a preschool dance program at Vancouver's Columbia Dance as well as performing every year in the seasonal production of The Nutcracker. I am a published author, and I have also been asked many times to speak at women's conferences and retreats, which I enjoy very much and put a lot of artistic effort into my presentations.

While teaching preschool dance, I began experiencing some strange physical problems. Over the next few years, I was diagnosed with a variety of illness, which changed as time went on. Basically, the doctors I saw just didn't know what was wrong. I now know that I have M.E./CFS (better known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) which has also caused Partial Dysautonomia - which is a dysfunction of the Autonomic Nervous System (the part of the central nervous system that controls all automatic functions). This has meant that I am no longer active in my past activities and had to quit my dance teaching, writing, and speaking.

Anxious that a chronic illness would not ruin my life, I began looking for things that I could spend my time doing. Being stuck most hours in a recliner is difficult, but I am thankful that it has brought me to a point of developing new artistic endeavors.

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