Title: Letting Go
Media: Oil on rag paper
Size: 22" x 30"
Estimated Value: $550
Perry Melanka was born in Edmonton in 1959.
“My motivation is an art story about how I feel about people I know and respect, and the greatness of the earth we live on. I have seen the Group of Seven paintings in the Vancouver Art Gallery. Their colours burned a spot in my mind. I was in awe of the subject matter, colour and size. I could never own one so I have to paint my own. I want people to look at my art and want to go visit the great outdoors, shake the hand of the people I paint or inspire the viewer to tell their story.
My preference is oils. I love vibrant colour.
It is impossible to paint the awesomeness I feel when standing on the top of a mountain and looking over other mountain tops in the strong wind and the biting cold. Or the hidden lake that has every bug not known to mankind trying to bite you. You get a glimpse of being there through me.
I will never forget many places I have been, like one in my past, picking wild raspberries with my Grandma. With Grandma telling me to wait to eat them till we get home and have them with cream and sugar. Travelling to the place I have seen is like picking the raspberries. Painting them is like the cream and sugar.”