Melissa March’s oil paintings of fish are as dramatic and arresting as they are beautiful. Her love of fish and nature shines through her work, and as such, her paintings fit in very well with the other displays that will be at the Haig-Brown Festival this year.
Although she once received a Fine Arts scholarship after completing high school, Melissa chose to travel rather than attend a post secondary institution in pursuit of the study of art. She is largely self taught as a painter, and has been drawing ever since she can remember. She attributes her interest in painting to the influences of her family, who all participate in creative activities like carving and sewing. They also contributed to her love of the outdoors. In fact, it came as no surprise to her family, that fish would be her favourite subject to paint. “They (fish) live in a mysterious world”, she says, “and unless you really look, you never know anything about it – it is a big part of the intrigue.”
While exhibiting at ‘Art in Bloom’ at Kitty Coleman Woodlands in Courtenay, she was approached by Erin Nowack from Greenways Land Trust, who suggested that she participate in the Haig-Brown Festival. Since coming to Campbell River from Vancouver three years ago, Melissa has found that the festival has become her favourite event to attend, and she feels honoured to be involved. “It is a fitting venue for what I believe in”, she explains, referring to Festival’s celebration of the natural environment with love of fish and fishing.
The festival, taking place on Sunday, September 26 from noon to 4pm at the Haig-Brown Heritage Property also features Haig-Brown readings, fly casting and tying, river rafting, property tours, children’s crafts and games, music and more. See the website http://www.crmuseum.ca/programs/Haig-BrownFestival.html for a complete list.
To see more of Melissa’s paintings, go to http://www.amudesigns.com/Welcome.html