Melinda Morey

Melinda Morey was raised on Kaua‘i and has spent much of her life in or near the ocean. The ocean is an endless source of sustenance and metaphor for the artist, as well as play.

Melinda was also a dancer, beginning at the age of six and continuing into her 30s. “In art school, I used to draw bodies in motion, trying to capture the feeling of absolute freedom that I had when I danced. Recently, I saw a poster for a dance performance, and recalled the feeling of those early drawings. They find resonance in the figures I’m painting now,” she says. “I see the body as the vehicle for expression. It is where the soul resides, and is therefore how we communicate with and from the soul.”

Melinda observes and paints people and places in a way that gives the viewer entry into the experience. “Life is impermanent, filled with an aching beauty and sorrow that results from this awareness. Seen in this way, everything is a potential subject, a reminder of our humanity and the grace of life.”

Melinda’s work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, and the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, as well as numerous corporate and private collections.