Oberlin College, 1962, BA
My main website (with links) is http://www.artbytomelden.com/
I became interested in art growing up in Chicago and visiting its museums and galleries. As a child I was privileged to take lessons at the Art Institute of Chicago and remember the strong smell of paint and thinners in the working area of the building. While at the Art Institute I had to go outside and do a chalk rendering of one of the lions which then became a painting. Unfortunatley it was discarded along with a "book" also inspired by Chicago museums ("Theodoric the Bold" from visits to the Hardy Museum of Armore". That museum is now part of the Art Institute.). My paternal grandmother was an excellent painter of water colors; my limited claim in that area was a water color painting on display in a contest at the Chicago Fair department store. My prize "winner" at the Fair was a scene of traffic going both ways separated by a median strip with trees.
In high school at Andover I learned to paint in acrylics. I sketched a lot in college but really started painting on a trip to Europe between college and law school. I saw many countries and museums and galleries and painted in oils as I traveled. I painted during law school and owned the Elden Art Gallery in Menlo Park California. I painted after law school and then when overseas with the Navy for three years during the Vietnam war from 1967 to 1970. I was stationed in the Philippines and Vietnam and also painted when visiting other countries such as Japan.
I retired from the law in 2011 and took up painting in a serious way; I have sold my art.. I have visited galleries around the country and am active in the Palos Verdes Art Center as well as the Torrance based Destination Art. . Two of my favorite artists are Piet Mondrian and Vincent Van Gogh. For an American artist I like Andrew Wyeth. I love color and was encouraged to do more abstract paintings. I enjoy painting buildings, still lifes, landscapes and sometimes people. I returned to oil painting in the summer of 2015 after over 50 years. I still paint in acrylic but oil is now my primary medium. I exhibit in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County.
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