Melanie Biehle is an abstract painter inspired by the often opposing energy of the city and the sea. Her art is fueled by exploring the world.
Up close, she zooms in on the shapes and patterns of urban architecture or coastal rocks. Stepping back reveals an expansive view of endless ocean waves or gleaming city skylines. Both views are essential in creating her abstractions – in mood and in content.
Colorful street art, mid-century modern textiles, and Southern California surf culture inspire Melanie. She starts by choosing a color palette, then uses a variety of art mediums and intuition to develop the painting. She’s not afraid to completely change directions if it doesn’t feel right.
“A lot of emotion goes into my work. Painting is a joyful experience for me, and I believe that my joy is transferred through my art into the homes and work environments of my collectors.”
Melanie Biehle lives in Seattle with her husband, son, and dog. She grew up in rural Louisiana, lived in Los Angeles twice, and has called Seattle home on four different occasions.
An unconventional path led Melanie down the artist rabbit hole, starting with a Masters degree in psychology and work experience in marketing and clinical research. Her creative professional journey began with writing. She wrote and optioned a romantic comedy screenplay, and worked with major Hollywood movie studios to help market their films.
After Melanie had her son, she taught herself photography and graphic design. She began writing about artists and photographing inspiring studios and shops for KOMO News’ Seattle Refined, and shooting artists and interiors for Luxe Magazine. She also worked as a marketing and creative consultant for other small businesses.
After spending so much time immersed in the lives of other artists and designers, she began to consider her place in the creative landscape. This introspective period led to a visual art practice in 2014, starting with abstract painting courses at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.
Today Melanie provides private collectors, art consultants, and interior designers with unique abstract paintings and vibrant fine art prints that calm or energize their environments. She also works one-on-one with art collectors who want to bring their creative vision and style into their homes through custom abstract painting commissions.
In addition to creating art for residential and commercial spaces around the world, Melanie often partners with companies who elevate their events, products, and marketing by commissioning unique original artwork. She has worked with teams who have licensed her art for photography backgrounds, digital art installations, apparel, stationery, and promotional materials.
Melanie’s work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, UPPERCASE Magazine, Style by Emily Henderson, Seattle Refined, and The Jealous Curator.