Artist Statement

I love to observe the world around me and art helps bring those observations into focus. I’ve been drawing since I was a kid but only became serious about painting when I reached my early fifties. My perceptions, like my art, continue to evolve. I paint whatever has meaning to me; toys that were once part of my childhood, places we drive past that have grown old and abandoned, faces that seem to express struggle and wonder. My hope is my art gives the viewer something to smile about. And maybe something to wonder about.

Karl Melton Bio

Karl was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1958, and spent his formative years in Florida, Barbados, Houston and Dallas. Karl loved to draw jets, ships and cartoon characters, and began winning school art competitions at the age of 10. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Karl’s career includes work as production artist, illustrator, art director and creative manager. He was inspired to take up oil painting in 2011 after meeting artist Michael Hurd in Ruidoso, NM. Although Karl had become accomplished using graphite and colored pencil, oil paint had always “intimidated” him. With excellent direction and guidance, Karl found his passion for oil. He and his wife, Suzanne, currently live just outside Dallas in Murphy, Texas.