Making art and the Brain

Why does making art make me feel so good? After a painting session, I feel wonderfully stimulated and as if parts of my brain

The 2022 Holiday Show

This evening is the opening reception for the 2022 Parsons Gallery of the West Holiday Show and I have been busy making small


I love chickens but I can’t keep them anymore because I am squeamish about slaughtering them, but that won’t keep

Brushes with greatness

Even though I have a trove of brushes, sorted by handle length, there are certain brushes that I gravitate toward over the las

Small landscape

“Houses Below the Mesa,” oil on panel by Melwell, 9×12 Available at Parsons Gallery of the West on Kit Carson

Paint drying on a few church paintings

Through the autumn I’ve been working on a series of paintings of the old Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taos, New Mexic

Southwest Art Market at MRM

I’m excited to announce that my artwork will be part of the Millicent Rogers Southwest Art Market, which is happening on

The Wind in the Garden

Here’s an example of the many layers and changes one of these abstracts go through in the process of coming into being.

Acrylics and abstractions

I have tried to make successful abstract paintings with oils and it’s just not quite been worth the effort and materials

Last Color

This weekend was peak color season in Northern New Mexico, and as the temperatures dip, so do the chances of stumbling on that