Melissa Clark Maglio

With all there is, why settle for just a piece of sky? -- Legrand, Bergman & Bergman "A Piece of Sky" (Yentl, 1983)

Artist Statement

Creating art is at once relaxing, exhilarating, frustrating and frenzied. For me, each time is an exploration -- of pleasing the eye, of color and shape, of emotion and learning. I feel very fortunate when I can escape the world momentarily and pour my energy into a new project. But no matter the subject, medium, or original vision, rarely does a piece turn out how I expect. Somewhere along the way I get entirely absorbed in the process. Ultimately I decide that the process is the more important path and the decisions that I make along the way change as the work evolves. When I'm truly there in the moment, in the zone of creating, those decisions come naturally. It's when I stop trusting the process that frustration creeps in. I'm learning to trust my instincts and give way to the emotions that lead me through the entire work. I like that the outcome always holds surprises for me.