Melinda Lightfoot

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Introduction Selected Solo Exhibits Elements, Bamboo Hair + Body, Half Moon Bay, 2008 Working Theories, Salada Beach Café, Pacifica, October 2005 Dreaming in Color, Sanchez Concert Hall, Pacifica, September 2004 Janus: Old Work and New, Downward Dog Yoga Studio, Pacifica, January 2004 Selected Group Exhibits Arts on Fire XIII, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, April 2009 (juried) Tangerine Arts at Palo Alto Research Center, July 2007 Second Season, Tangerine Arts, Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, April 2007 Untitled #2, Tangerine Arts, Salada Beach Café, Pacifica, March 2006 Untitled, Tangerine Arts, Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, January 2006 5 Segments, Tangerine Arts, Gallery Theatre at Skyline College, San Bruno, February 2002 Women’s Health Resource Center, San Francisco, January 2002 Arts on Fire III, West Wing Gallery, Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, February 2000 (juried) San Francisco Open Studios, 1991–94, 1984–85
Interests I’m fascinated with the energy created by abstract shapes and colors resonating with each other, so for the 50-50 Show I decided to explore and play with these elements. I have truly enjoyed this intensive creative process, following certain shape-ideas until they shifted into something else; exploring different color palettes and relationships; and just letting ideas come. I found myself creating small groupings of related works (sometimes, of course, in order to use up paint already mixed). The images came from diverse sources. For instance, during this process I remembered that when I was a child, there was a set of colored blocks that I loved the colors and shapes of; and when I sat by the window on a recent plane trip, the sinuous river patterns I saw on the ground below became part of my 50-50 works as well. I am largely self-taught as a painter. My background is in language, literature, and psychology. In the late 1970s I met a remarkable Jungian analyst and talented writer named Renée Brand, who inspired me to explore and communicate through making art. I began with pastels. Now I paint mostly with acrylics on canvas, but I have also painted in oil, watercolor, and gouache, and worked in collage and mixed media. I have shown my work in group and solo exhibits in the Bay Area for over twenty years. Since 1999 I have been a member of Tangerine Arts, a women’s art group that meets and exhibits together. I am more interested in concepts than in representational painting. I have often painted from dreams, many times dreaming whole paintings, some with title included. I believe in the healing power of beauty and humor, and that making art can be a way to inner development and healing.