I am art. I am of the land. My relationship to these concepts gives voice to both my own life and work, but, also, to deep connections with my muse in a dance of looking and in gestures made--in a kind of call and response with art making. Painting and photography are delicious ways of speaking a language everyone can understand and respond to.
It has been my life's wish and joy to create beauty, to make connections with myself, and to delight my viewers and patrons. I recall one such collector who told me that the painting she purchased from me is the very first image she sees upon waking each morning. For her, it has become a source of joy; for me, it is a lovely tribute to the power of art.
Artist Statement: Melinda Esparza is a contemporary impressionist artist living and working with oils and inks in the beautiful American Southwest. She came late to art in her 20s, and began her journey in the stained glass art community. The exquisite light and color of glass inspired her to continue her education by attending Pima Community College, where she graduated with High Honors and an Associates Degree in Fine Arts.
While raising her son with her husband in Arizona, she continued to work in printmaking and in occasionally crafting a few stained glass commissions. In 1999, she enrolled at the University of Arizona. She graduated summa cum laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Studio Focus. In 2009, her work was one of a few selected artworks chosen for inclusion in the Tucson Museum of Art's 2009 Biennial.
Melinda has stained glass pieces and artwork throughout the United States and Mexico. She has exhibited in New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Her work won her an Artist in Residency at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, in 2012 from a pool of hundreds of submissions from around the world. Hosting 'Open Studio' events followed, during which she greeted visitors and sold many works. Light, color, and the story that landscape wishes to impart, continue to whisper to her: 'Go forward. Paint!
If I can in some small way create this for others, my soul is gratified in the making.
Awards and Commissions:
Macayo Restaurant windows (186 square feet of stained glass)
El Parador Restaurant windows (50 square feet of stained glass)
Best of Show, Pima Community College Art Exhibit
Creative Achievement Award 2001 School of Fine Art, University of Arizona
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