Melissa Tomlinson Newell


Retired after 27 years as an Art Instructor from Edmonds 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. My individual work posted on this site is based on a series of paintings and clay sculptures focused on autobiography, identity and community.

Over the past five years the majority of my work is evolving into a number collaborative series with fellow artist, Cindra Avery. The impetus is based on our shared interests in design and art, initially inspired by Matisse’s cut-outs. Each series and theme emerges organically as pieces are passed back and forth between us until we feel we have fully explored the materials, the surfaces and finally the meaning. Over time the works evolve with each responding to one another’s marks, color use and forms pushing each of us in new directions and culminating in shared studio time that serves to bring final form to the work. Currently we have well over 100 pieces worked and reworked over the last 6 years. We plan to continue working as collaborative partners.

Please contact me regarding further information about our process and for permission to use images or written content.

*This site is in the process of being updated to include the collaborations with Cindra Avery and my individual work will remain as part of the archive.

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