Artist Statement

I use painting to help me connect with “essence” – faces, places and objects that feel authentic; a time when life seemed more thoughtful and less dramatic. My work is influenced by artists like Edward Hopper, John Register and Wayne Thiebuad. I render my subject matter realistically and rely on composition and color to draw the viewer in. My hope is that my art evokes reflection – maybe a sense of nostalgia, whimsy and melancholy.

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 in Murphy, Texas.