Melody Erickson has been creating art since she was a little girl. She loves nothing more than to sit in her art studio with piles of jewelry parts or painting supplies in front of her and just play around with them until they tell her what they want to be.
Melody grew up in a very creative household. As a child in Salinas, CA, she was exposed to many different types of “arts & crafts” activities through her mother’s work as a Camp Fire Girl and church youth group leader. Her mother was a very creative home decorator as well. The Erickson family portraits were displayed in Plaster of Paris frames her mother molded and embellished with gold leaf.
Melody’s family eventually migrated to the Northeast, where she remained until her move to Nashville in 2001. As a young mother in the Northeast she spent many summer vacations in the Adirondacks with her two children.
Melody describes her style as “earthy and primitive”. Her art reflects the influences of both coasts. Most of her paintings carry a strong floral theme, which can be attributed to both the vast fields of wildflowers for which California is known and the perennial gardens Melody created and tended around her home in New York State.
In the artist’s words, “I’m not able to have fresh flowers inside my home because of allergies, so I guess that’s why my paintings are so often floral-themed.”
Time spent in both California and the Adirondacks has resulted in a strong southwestern and mountain influence in Melody’s jewelry designs. She hand-selects each stone, bead or bauble for every piece. She prefers to buy from local sources so that she can be more selective. “I like to be able to pick up a strand of beads and feel their energy. You can’t do that when you order online or from a catalog.” Melody feels a connection to each piece she creates, so much so that she names each one.
Melody finds peace through creating. It is her creative mind that allows her to let go of any stress or discomfort she has been holding and simply “be.” While not formally trained, she feels blessed to have inherited her mother’s creative spirit.
She says, “Through art I am able to loosen up, lighten up and allow into my spirit all that is good!”
Melody has shown her art in several locations around Nashville since 2008, including “Art Party” and several stops at the First Saturday Art Crawl.
Melody has made Nashville, TN her home since 2001. In 2009, she founded Artists In Nashville (AIN), a business that supports artists who live and/or work in Nashville TN. AIN presents “Art Party” several times each year and also provides a website with information, leads and resources for local visual artists.