Painting for me is a great mystery. How is that I, a painter working abstractly, feel the world has meaning as I move paint around on a
two-dimensional surface? And how is it that the results of what I make can create an emotional response in another human being?
At a young age I was introduced to the mystery of painting as I spent hours "reading" framed reproductions of paintings by Toulouse Lautrec, Degas, Diego Rivera, Raphael Soyer, Brueghel, Picasso, Van Gogh, an American named Sterne and others that my mother hung on the walls of the apartment in Brooklyn where I lived.
The first artists' studios I visited were those of my teachers at School of Visual Arts (NYC) where I earned my BFA. These places of wonder where people made things had a hold on me, a feeling that continues with every studio I have or visit where creative work takes place.
Making things is what I enjoy doing and so I continue to do it. More about this in "Some Thoughts About My Work" on this website. And fortunately the things I have been impelled to make have been seen by others in various venues. For details of where my work has been seen and how people have responded to it, take a look at my resume and "About Joan Mellon's work" on this website (click on links on the left).