A little about me and how I discovered my creative side........

I discovered my passion for painting quite by accident as I was pursuing a business degree at Loyola University.  Needing an elective to fulfill my final credits in early 2005, I signed up for a class called Art and the Environment with Professor Jacqueline Bishop.  Upon finding out the class required me to create original works of art, I began the class with a great deal of trepidation, but soon began producing unique artwork for the class.  From there, my interest blossomed.

After moving to Houston in late 2005 and encouraged by family and friends, I began a series of private lessons with Stephanie Lienhard, a prominent Houston artist.  Until my lessons with Stephanie, my medium was mainly acrylic on canvas.  Stephanie introduced me to oil pastels and the unique features of painting on wood.   I now do most of my work on wood, in either acrylic or oil pastels, although I have not given up painting on canvas! 

My style can be described as modern impressionist, utilizing vibrant colors, with a great deal of emphasis on texture.  Dense brush work and the use of external elements like dried flowers, sea shells, crushed rocks and other sorts of bling are incorporated for a tactile effect.  I work in medium to large sizes, from 36" X 24" all the way down to 4" X 6".

In a relatively short time, I have managed to produce an impressive body of work, on display here in my gallery.  The original paintings can be purchased and new works can be commissioned on request.  Please contact me at melodycortez@live.com for pricing information.

Relax and explore the site at your leisure and return often.  I will be adding to this collection frequently.

To all aspiring artists - just go for it, enjoy it - you never know what's in you!

Enjoy and thank you for visiting.


Melody Cortez

paintings and digital images