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Melinda Engel Runge

I am so grateful you have stopped by my website. (Fun side note: All of my paintings are done with my fingers. Detailed explanation below) .

I am born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. At a young age around 8-9 my grandpa started teaching me how to draw and paint. I would go to his house for lunch, and we would spent the afternoon painting or making jewelry or even doing leather work. Many nights, he would pick me up from gymnastics practice and take me to Steak N Shake, have dinner and he would show me how to draw on the back of the placemats. These evenings were some of the best times I had as a child with my grandpa who was a very good artist in his own right. His mother, my great grandmother was Eleanor Hartwell, an artist from St. Louis also and a highly regarded member of the St. Louis Artists Guild.

 I have never considered my self a great artist, just someone who has found their niche and style. In high school I won some awards and went to pursue my Bachelor of Fine Arts at William Woods University. Funny enough, I actually spent the last 25 years in corporate outside sales, painting a little here and there. It has just been in the last 10 years that I found my way back to one of my passions in life. That and my love for all animals, especially German Shepherds.

 As you look at my paintings you may notice a hint of Impressionism. I was greatly influenced by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Seurat, Pissarro, Cezanne and many more. In their styles I found my style. I consider myself more of an interpretive painter. I see color in everything, many times color where others might not see it. I paint my interpretation of animals, nature, the human body. 

 Many many years ago, I was painting with my brushes as per usual, and I couldn’t get the look I wanted. I used my finger to kind of push, pull and smoosh to get the look I was going for and since then, have put down all my brushes. Every painting you see is all done using my fingers and layering and layering paint. The final product is what I affectionately call Adult Fingerpainting. Thank you for stopping by my website and I hope you enjoy my paintings.  

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Inspiration

I really get inspired by everything around me. As you can tell animals are my number one inspiration and nature. I tend to see colors in animals that most people do not see and I try to reflect my "interpretation" of those colors in my paintings

Techniques

I had been painting with brushes up until about 8 years ago. I couldn't get the look I was going for so I used my finger to manipulate the paint and Shazaam, I found my new style. Being able to feel the paint on my fingers and applying it to a canvas turned out to be a spiritual tactile epiphany for me. I work in with water based oils to get the same look as oils, with a bit of a faster drying time. 

career highlights

I have done many Fine Art Shows around the St. louis area and have been very successful. My goal is to one day be accepted the Clayton Art Fair in St. Louis or the Belleville Fine Art Show in IIllinois. 

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