Original oil paintings by Valerie Stangl Melançon, called “M” by her closest friends, capture the beauty and emotion of life. Collector’s of Melançon’s work find inspiration and joy in the compositions that provide a window into the artist’s heart and soul. Melançon states, “What I want from paintings is what I want from film; sweeping sagas with beautiful women and fantastic landscapes as a backdrop for a grand story line ripe with emotion.”
Melançon, known for her cinematic style of classically painted female characters, seems to favor settings that span the last three centuries. Duane Cormier, director of Three Rivers Gallery, described Valerie Stangl Melançon’s paintings by saying “she places an obvious importance on the realist and scientific aspects of classical painting, though you immediately feel an emphasis of spiritual significance in her work. The exhibit’s tie in with Sinatra, Old Hollywood, seems predestined. My nickname for Melançon has always been “Garbo” because she is every bit as reclusive and enigmatic as Greta Garbo herself.”
Born February 1970, in northern Illinois, Valerie Stangl Melançon was raised a child of two cities, splitting her time between families in Chicago and New Orleans. Following a successful career as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry, in July 2007 Valerie turned her talents full time to the field of fine art. Valerie approaches each work much the same way as a film director. She researches, designs and revises character, costume and scene until the final composite is consistent with or exceeds her initial vision.