Melissa Tomlinson Newell


Recently retired as an Art Instructor from Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington, I received a M.F.A. in art from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and a B.A. in art from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. In addition  to making art and writing, my work includes community art advocacy projects focused on art education and creative collaborations.

I have served as a juror for Bumbershoot, the Edmonds Art Festival, and numerous Washington State Arts public works projects and have led workshops for adults and children in art since 1984. Long interested in a variety of materials and surfaces, my work includes the use of mixed media. The work posted on this site is based on a series of paintings and clay sculptures focused on autobiography, identity and community.

Currently I am in the process of working on two new bodies of work. The first is a series of acrylic paintings based on landscape images of the Skagit Valley. The second is a collaborative series of mixed media collages based on conversations with other artists on the nature of the creative process.  Please contact me regarding permission to use images or written content.

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