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Melissa D Johnston
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We catch a glimpse from time to time of who we think we "really" are, the exhilaration and excitement of recognizing something that seems ourselves and yet larger than ourselves at the same time. It is this "something" that fuels my passion both in the process of art and in its subject matter. Art--in process and product--can be revelatory. That revelation may be uncomfortable, or even disturbing, but it always has the power to transform.

I'm primarily a digital artist. I take a photograph in the moment--capture the feel of a place or the look of a person--and I build something new from there by adding in layers of other photographs I've also taken. I work intuitively, and the final result is almost always a surprise compared to where I thought I wanted to go in the beginning of a project! But that is part of the fun. And the revelation.

 

cherry grove beach walk by Melissa D Johnston

 

hay bales in snow by Melissa D Johnston

 

ghost and shadows ii - farm, sea, and sun by Melissa D Johnston

 

ghosts and shadows i by Melissa D Johnston

 

Ghosts and Shadows III - the three by Melissa D Johnston

 

evening snow glow by Melissa D Johnston

 

the farm in snow at sunset by Melissa D Johnston

 

one with the earth by Melissa D Johnston

 

The Artist as a Boy by Melissa D Johnston

 

Evening Fog in the Mountains of Virginia by Melissa D Johnston

 

the fence posts along the road by Melissa D Johnston

 

walking in granddad's fields by Melissa D Johnston

 

fog in autumn mountain woods by Melissa D Johnston

 

old farm shed and gas pump in fog by Melissa D Johnston

 

wonder on a starry night by Melissa D Johnston

 

on a starry night, a boy and his tree by Melissa D Johnston

 

morning flight in fog by Melissa D Johnston

 

As above, so below by Melissa D Johnston

 

Mallards at the Chattahoochee River by Melissa D Johnston

 

Daunting Journey - Finding a Language by Melissa D Johnston

 

expansion-midnight saxophone magic by Melissa D Johnston

 

solitary--walking in water by Melissa D Johnston

 

twilight walk at north myrtle beach by Melissa D Johnston

 

midnight treasure i by Melissa D Johnston

 

To Touch the Moon by Melissa D Johnston

 

Phases of the Journey--The Promise of the Rainbow by Melissa D Johnston

 

Looking Forward Looking Back by Melissa D Johnston

 

Muse by Melissa D Johnston

 

crumble-metamorphosis begins by Melissa D Johnston

 

the door by Melissa D Johnston

 

lean on me by Melissa D Johnston

 

authenticity by Melissa D Johnston

 

my shadow's reflection i-monochrome by Melissa D Johnston

 

winter snow storm at the farm by Melissa D Johnston

 

crossing over by Melissa D Johnston

 

my shadow's reflection ii by Melissa D Johnston

 

nighttime playground by Melissa D Johnston

 

Mistaken Identity-I will be silent no more by Melissa D Johnston

 

travels in temptation and wonder by Melissa D Johnston

 

tenuous-the masculine and the feminine by Melissa D Johnston

 

midnight wading by Melissa D Johnston

 

lost--zero--nothingness by Melissa D Johnston

 

by the light of the magical moon by Melissa D Johnston

 

The glow of memory in the snow by Melissa D Johnston

 

caught - our interaction with the natural world by Melissa D Johnston

 

midnight treasure II by Melissa D Johnston

 

lone telephone pole in autumn field by Melissa D Johnston

 

once upon grandmom's poinsettia by Melissa D Johnston