Artist Statement

My work is contemporary, expressionist, layered, a bit mysterious. The look of the ‘artist’s hand’ is apparent with the use of acrylics, collage, and various media and mediums and tools to create depth, texture, and random surprises.
Being a ‘process’ painter, I find the work can take on a life of its own evoking a feeling, a place in time, or special connections in an unassuming way.
Ultimately it is more about the viewer’s personal interpretation than my own vision. My hope is that the work inspires and resonates with others so that it becomes part of their own story. 

Latest Work

This paradoxical series augers a sense of foreboding and hope at once. There is a communication between the ether and the nether, a tug of war between nature and industry. There is a sense that at any moment earth will prevail.
Each piece is layered with embedded collage, acrylic paints, pastes and gels, and inks. This gives them texture and depth that adds to the overall narrative .
'As above, so below ~ As within, so without'
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Seeker V 10x10 © Melissa Brauen
M. Evans Chattanooga, TN

"I love the direction Melissa is going with her work. She is one of the most talented emerging artists I have seen in years."

Rene' Veazey Bay St. Louis, MS

"This piece - the beach is my happy place. The colors are vibrant. The waves and sand spoke to my heart. Waiting for me....perfect! Love it!!"