Krystii Melaine paints quiet moments of thoughtfulness and emotion, and life’s brief moments of pure joy and explosive action. Her stories are subtle but very deep if you look beyond the surface. Poetic rather than narrative, Krystii’s paintings often contain symbolic details that hint at the full story. There is room for interpretation and discovery, room to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation over time. Krystii’s paintings speak quietly but profoundly to those who pause to listen.
Born in Victoria, Australia, Krystii Melaine announced at age four that she would be an artist, won her first art competition at seven, and was selling paintings by age fourteen. Following University studies in drawing and graphic design, Krystii enjoyed a successful career as a fashion designer specializing in bridal and evening gowns. Returning to her lifelong passion for painting, Krystii undertook five years of atelier study in traditional tonal realism. Visiting the US, Krystii found inspiration in the people and wildlife of the American West. In 2010 she and her husband moved to Spokane, Washington, nearer to her favorite subjects. Using oil paint in a realistic, painterly style, Krystii portrays the people and animals who shaped the West in the past and who continue its traditions today. Through intimate portraits and wider narratives, she tells their stories and brings each individual to life on her canvas.
Krystii’s oil paintings feature in museum exhibitions including Quest for the West, Cowgirl Up! and The Buffalo Bill Art Show. She has 23 paintings in museum collections, continues to win numerous awards, and features in many magazine articles. Most recently she was awarded the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award 2018 Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, the Patron’s Choice Award 2018, 2016 & 2015 at the Quest for the West, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, Visitor’s Choice Award 2016 at the American Women Artists, Bennington Center for the Arts, Merit Award 2017 at the Masters of the American West, Autry Museum of the American West, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine Award 2015 at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Friends of Western Art Award 2015 at the American Women Artists Show. She is a Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists.
Krystii participates in fine shows across the country, such as the Masters of the American West – Autry Museum of the West, Los Angeles, CA, Quest for the West – Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, Indianapolis, IN, Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale – Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY, Mountain Oyster Club Art Show – Tucson, AZ, Cowgirl Up! – Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ, American Women Artists, 2014 Featured Artist at Booth Western Art Museum, Night of Artists – Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, American Miniatures – Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ, Miniatures by the Lake – Coeur d’Alene Fine Art Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID, Miniature Masterpieces – The Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ, The Russell – C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT, A Timeless Legacy – Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT and Hold Your Horses – The Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ. She is represented by Sanders Galleries in Tucson, AZ, Mountain Trails Galleries in Jackson, WY, Park City, UT, and Sedona, AZ, The Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs, Coeur d’Alene Galleries in Coeur d’Alene ID, and Big Horn Galleries – Cody WY & Tubac AZ