Melanie Ferguson’s distinctive artistic style reflects a lifelong commitment to curiosity, wonder and beauty.
She grew up in Utah’s spectacular Wasatch Mountains, exploring the mysteries of nature at her family’s lake cabin, where her free-spirited grandmother inspired her to live life on her own terms.
To pursue the adventurous life she craved, Melanie realized she’d have to leave her family roots, which was hard but exciting. At the University of Utah, she took art classes, studied French and dreamed of living and painting in Paris. She moved first to Los Angeles, but marriage and family responsibilities prevented her from pursuing art school and the career she’d envisioned.
Meanwhile, staying connected with art through classes and workshops proved a happy reprieve. When her two daughters left for college, Melanie relished her newfound freedom to travel, study and paint. She began to enjoy success; her plein air landscapes were selected for gallery shows and sold to collectors.
During this time Melanie experienced many changes and a new path in her life. Melanie’s 30-year marriage ended and she had to find new meaning. She stayed strong and found a new path forward. Her art career took off, and Melanie was able to fully commit to her art. Through it all, her art took a deeper, more emotional path.
“I was no longer interested just in creating pretty pictures,” she says. “I became more interested in looking beneath the surface and sharing with others what I see.” Three words that describe her art are Experimental, Intuitive, and Colorful. Today, Melanie is remarried and again living in Utah, with her husband, Greg, and their Golden retriever, Joey. Her paintings are featured in major shows and sought after by collectors.
“I’m thankful for my past,” she says. “When you go through a dark night, you live—and paint—more authentically. Now I can offer my audience a deeper, more meaningful way of looking at the world. My inspiration for my painting has been mainly through my passion for nature, and travel. "I’ve been lucky enough to see and paint different parts of the world." I will forever be a student of the arts, experiencing the freedom, wonder and beauty I’ve always prized.”
Melanie’s art career began in college, and has included post-graduate study at Palos Verdes Art Center (2003-2006), Otis Art College (2006) and the Brentwood Art Center (2001 to 2003, 2007 to present.
Quang Ho, Provence, France (June 2019)
Jill Carver, Sun Valley, Idaho (October 2013, 2017)
Michael Workman, Sedona, Az (2012)
Mentored by Kevin Macpherson, one of his Pro D*J students mentoring online program (2012-2013)
Scott Christensen, Victor, Idaho (2011)
Art Access Gallery, Salt Lake City, 2020
Elements Bakery Park City, Utah 2019
Solo Exhibit at Red Butte Gardens Salt Lake City, Utah 2019
Holladay Art Show, Holiday Utah, 2019
(won second place)
Artblend Art Fair, Hamptons 2019
Utah Womens' Art Show 2018
Schomburg Gallery "Color, Texture & Line" 2017
Utah Womens' Art Show 2016
Schomburg Gallery – Holiday Open Studio Stroll 2011
Schomburg Gallery -Postcards, Memories & Quiet Spaces 2011
Brentwood Travel Abroad Art Show 2011
Park City Local Supporting Local Art Show 2010
Brentwood Student Show 2010
Brentwood Student Show 2009 Publications:
Featured in Deer Valley’s Best ” Artist to Watch”2010
Featured in Westside Magazine " Postcards, Memories, & Quiet Spaces-Artists traveling to Paint" 2011
Featured in Westside Magazine " American Art Collector" April 2018 Emerging Artists
Chosen as Xanadu Gallery mentored in Scottsdale Az