Photo by Brittney Harrison
0412 Mary Mellen
In 2001 Mary Mellen came across her grandmother’s century-old sketch book and was forever changed.
Although she comes from a family line of artists, it wasn’t until later in life that Mellen discovered her adoration for painting.
In addition to her family’s connection to art, many of Mellen’s friends were taking art classes in Mountain Brook, where she has lived since graduating from Auburn. Encouraged, Mellen gave art a try.
“It was a family thing,” she said, “I never thought I’d be able to do it, but now I love it!”
Mellen uses acrylics to create her contemporary landscapes. From time to time her paintings are finished with a glaze to give off more of an oil look.
More than a decade into her new endeavor, Mellen is constantly reminded and inspired by the kindred connection she and her grandmother share.
Mary Mellen’s impressionistic artwork can be seen at Mulberry Heights Antiques in Mountain Brook Village.
Denaburg will be showing her work at the Mountain Brook Art Association 31st Annual Art Show.