My name is Melanie T. Long, and my background in art is immeasurable. I have dabbled in numerous mediums including glassblowing, oil, acrylic, and watercolour painting, printmaking, ink, graphite, fiber, and performance. I have also taught art practices locally and internationally, notably as a sessional faculty at the Alberta University of the Arts, on the Island of Montserrat in the West Indies, and amongst the Guna Yala tribes of eastern Panama.
Stylistically I gravitate towards realism, both in sculpture and drawing/painting. Recently I’ve experimented with themes of neo-futurism and abstract expressionism. Throughout the COVID Pandemic, I’ve depicted snapshots of my daily experiences, curated by the 78 cards of the Tarot, surreal portraits of friends, and traces of the natural landscapes by conducting a series of paintings done on location. Intuition lays heavy in each piece of mine and throughout all of my styles. My sense of intuition is quick thinking, akin to how an athlete may respond when giving the change to score a goal. For me, however, it is not about winning, it’s always about playing the game.