About the Artist
Artist and spiritual companion Melanie Weidner
explores the deep stories within and around her,
creating fresh ways to listen and to see.
Her words and images speak of courage, compassion, inspiration, and joy.
"My art images unfold from a combination of spiritual practice, deep love for people and Earth, and a desire to communicate meaning. I listen to the Spirit and everything sacred for inspiration and guidance in the creating process."
"Art-making continually surprises me as a powerfully transformative expression of soul and relationship. My art images unfold from a combination of spiritual practice, deep love for people and Earth, and a desire to communicate meaning. I listen to the Spirit and everything sacred for inspiration and guidance in the creating process. The art that arises asks us to pay deeper attention, open a fresh perspective, and consider a creative or courageous response.
I currently tell stories in three main art media: watercolor, mixed-media collage, and fabric. When I paint, I intentionally use strong watercolor applied with rich contrast, and often include colored pencil markings for more texture. My mixed media images might have moving parts and windows, digital elements, or layered paints, papers, and handwriting. I playfully dive further into texture and collage with non-traditional fabric art, both hand- and machine-stitched. The mandala/sacred circle in many of these pieces conveys the wholeness and belonging offered to us all."
Melanie earned a Master of Divinity degree in Spirituality from the Earlham School of Religion 1998, and a Certificate in the Art of Contemplative Listening from the Namaste Center 2007. In 2002-03, she served as the Minnie Jane Quaker Artist in Residence at the Pendle Hill Quaker Contemplative and Study Center. She’s a member of Spiritual Directors International.
Melanie creates life and home in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her wise and wonder-full wife, Hollin, their happy dog, Tashi, and Milagrita the chatty cat.