Marsha Mello

has always been inspired by the elegance of nature, and strives to depict that in her detailed etchings and watercolors.

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The Artist I have been a printmaker for nearly thirty years, and find the etching process a perfect medium for depicting the detail found in a variety of natural subjects. My limited-edition prints are done using the age-old intaglio method, drawing images on a copper plate, which is then etched in acid to make permanent lines. Each print is hand-inked, run through a press, then signed and numbered. The art of etching can be full of surprises due to the many-step process, and to the fact that the resulting print is a mirror-image (backwards) one from the image on the plate. My favorite subjects are birds, marine animals, insects, and plants…I am endlessly intrigued by their grace, elegance and variety, and strive to show their connections to their surroundings and place in the world. It is my hope that my work will inspire the viewer to learn more about the natural world and to help protect it. For the last few years, I’ve also been doing original watercolor and graphite pieces, usually in sets of three. Past themes for these works have been wasps and bees, cicadas, dune insects, pairs of birds and their nests, and tidepool creatures. Besides being a member of the Arcata Artisans Cooperative for the past seven years, I show my work at two galleries in Oregon (White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach, and Blue Heron Gallery in Ashland) and also have sold my prints directly to the Monterey Bay Aquarium since 1991.

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