Portland-based contemporary artist Melissa Monroe recently burst onto the art scene with a bang. Her work is powerful, beautifully raw and edgy.

Monroe believes somewhere inside her is another life, one for which she in constantly searching. When she paints there is no plan, no expectations. Her paintings are like puzzles she is trying to put together. Finding all the pieces in the layers of paint is where the magic lies for her. In Monroe’s words, “It’s as if my subconscious has taken over and my hand does what it does, creating images that no one has seen. A history of a land that know one can remember, making wishes in the purist form. I have learned more from my paintings than any book could teach me. They have changed my life; I have changed my life.”

Offered for the first time by The Road Gallery, these highly collectable pieces won’t be around for long.

To purchase any of the pieces in this online show, contact neil@theroadgallery.com 

stone
Stone (2014) 21” x 22½” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $800
Ancient matter has meaning, change is absent of fear

 

split
Split (2014) 17¾” x 12½” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $400
Split open, let your insides out

 

super-viilan
Supervillain (2014) 21¼”x 15¾” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $575 (Sold)
Red cape exposed

 

above
Above (2014) 21⅛” x 24⅜” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $850
Looking from above, still in the fog

 

tent
Magic Tent (2014) 20” x 24” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $850
Magic is now more powerful where you can use it. No more secrets, you are here now

 

happy-igloo
Happy Igloo (2014) 21″ x 25⅝” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $850
Somewhere safe, pretty and warm – even an igloo can be strong

 

landslide
Landslide (2014) 24” x 18” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on paper | $550
This landslide was needed. Re-grow, re-be. Starting over isn’t easy

 

for-me
For Me (2014) 24” x 19” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on paper | $550
Is it possible to accept this could be mine? Do I deserve all this? I’ll just sit, look and wait. Study and it can be my own

 

irdeghon
Irdeghon (2014) Collaboration with Jesse Reno | 24” x 24” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $1500
A secret door to becoming what we will always be. Directing ourselves away from the past to something new

 

crow
Crow (2014) Collaboration with Jesse Reno | 24” x 24” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $1500
Scarecrow, guarding all that is precious. A knife appeared, a bat was seen, a forest of everything

 

b
Exhibit B (2014) 9”x 6” | Watercolor, ink, acrylic on paper | $95
Practice, example, understand what this means and you will become. Take it

 

teeth
Teeth (2014) 18” x 12⅜” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $375
Sometimes I can only see your teeth

 

away
Go Away (2014) 11¼” x 11¼” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood | $250
Fear needs to leave

 

sorting-nickels
Sorting Nickels (2014) 21¼” x 20⅝” | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil on wood (box framed) | $800
Don’t trust anyone that counts nickels slowly and blames you if there is one missing under their foot

 

(Prices exclude tax and shipping)