Melanie Biehle lives in Seattle with the Adventure Club – her husband Drew, their hilarious son Nathaniel, a crazy dog (Gidget), and a reluctantly tolerant cat (Bella). She grew up in rural Louisiana and lived in Los Angeles twice. She’s called Seattle “home” on (count ‘em) four different occasions.
Melanie’s work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, UPPERCASE Magazine, Style by Emily Henderson, Seattle Refined, The Jealous Curator, The Artsy Forager, and Brown Paper Bag.
I use watercolors, gouache, acrylics, oils, and pastels to translate inspiration from my travels, whether the journey is just down the street or across a wide ocean. I’m inspired by the architecture and energy of cities and the movement and meditative qualities of oceans and lakes. My work is strongly influenced by street art, 60s romantic comedies, mid-century modern textiles, and Southern California surf culture.
I have a tendency to obsessively collect images. This practice inspires my art narratives, abstract paintings, and surface designs. I capture color palettes, patterns, and motifs from the rough texture of seashells, the interesting shapes of a building, glossy fashion editorials, and my personal library of contemporary art and mid-century modern design books.