In addition to posting extensive photos, Behnke writes: "Dunn's abstracted compositions have their origin in drawings and collages based on a wide range of source material. Yet once the paintings, proper, have begun, a reliable intuition comes to fore. At this point, Dunn alternates between that intuition and practiced, organized, formal decisions. The result is real painting that springs from seeds sown alongside Whitman's grass with all the intellect and romance that would imply."
Dwayne Butcher photoblogs a studio visit with painter Melissa Dunn.
Dunn says of her work: "My painting process combines both intuition and rational ordered structure. But no matter which of these modes I use to make a mark, my goal is to reflect human nature and find a universal visual story out of my own life experience. Ultimately, the greatest pleasure I derive from painting is when I relinquish my personal visual associations to the viewer. I work with the intention that someone other than myself will be inspired to discover their own emotional landscape and their own relationship to the world. The solitude of painting is rewarded with this potential connection."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.