Krystii Melaine paints because it makes her happy, and she hopes that her paintings will bring happiness into the homes of her collectors. Primarily a figurative and portrait artist, Krystii is on a journey of artistic exploration of the people who shaped the American West.
Amaranthine is a tribute to the special bond between mothers and daughters. It shows a mother holding her small daughter close, wrapped in a blanket, encircled by love. Amaranthine is an old poetic word meaning unfading, everlasting. “I created this painting as a tribute to my mother and the eternal love that always keeps her close to my heart, no matter how far apart we may be.” The circle behind, in iridescent paint, might be the moon or a symbolic halo. I focused on the two faces and hand in a realistic style, enjoyed the bold patterns of the blanket folds, and allowed everything else to dissolve into abstraction. Muted colors enhance the gentle mood.”
Born in Australia, Krystii announced at age four that she was going to be an artist, won her first art competition at seven, and was selling paintings and accepting commissions by the age of fourteen. Following university studies in painting, drawing and graphic design, Krystii established her own fashion design company. By her early twenties, she had developed it into one of the largest bridal and evening-wear companies in Australia, showing her designs in Paris and London.
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