Watercolor Creation Inspiration
Strong women. Nature. Myth and Legend. Spirituality. Epic Adventure.
Watercolor painting is a meditative, spiritual, and creative outlet for Erie, PA native Melissa McGaughey (she/her). With a background in art education, religious studies, and a concentration in watercolor and oil painting, her work addresses what it's like to be a woman existing in the patriarchy, transforming the metaphorical armor women strap themselves into every day into actual armor.
As a lesbian-identified woman, WLW themes are evident in her work. She seeks to provide the positive representation for lesbian, bi, pan, and queer identified women and girls that she was lacking as a girl and young woman. Irish and Celtic mythology and folklore are also a big influence on her work. Occasionally, she also makes some pretty rad WLW book recs on her blog as well.
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"I'm here to take back and re-work the paintings that depicted women solely as objects, victims, or seductresses."
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Melissa did a fantastic job on a watercolor painting for my boyfriend's dad. It was incredibly detailed and looked just like a photo of the dog I gave her as reference. He loved it! I would recommend Melissa to anyone who needs a commissioned, one-of-a-kind piece of art!"
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The Selkie and Her Knight
A woman's magic is stolen from her and she becomes someone's possession for seven long years. But, what happens when the selkie keeps her coat? When she's cherished instead of coveted?