Artist Statement

My art is my response to a need I can’t explain. It helps me bring a little clarity to the unfolding experience of life. I’ve been an observer for as long as I can remember. Watching, wondering what’s going on between the lines. What’s that silence between the notes? Like my perceptions, my art continues to evolve. With no particular subject matter or style I explore what 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 that same wonder. I create because it’s a call I can’t ignore; and I spent much of my life trying. I came to the game late in life but as time passes, the call becomes more intense and my need deepens.

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.