Melanie Waugh’s paintings explore the Australian landscape. They capture scenes both familiar and remote from the artist’s life. Continuing on the grand narrative of Australian landscape painting, Waugh’s broad brushstrokes and rich colours reflect the dynamic diversity of Australia presenting an energetic picture of the vast terrain. Native flowers hold an endless fascination for the artist; each collection having its own unique shape and direction, forming an architecture that creates a common theme that is the abstract explosion of colour.
Born in Bellingen on the NSW North Coast and currently based in Sydney, Melanie Waugh completed a Fine Arts Degree from The National Art School in 2001, followed by a Diploma of Art Therapy at the University Of Western Sydney in 2005. In 2007 she completed a Masters Of Art, UNSW Art and Design.
In 2012 Waugh was the Curwoods Lawyers Artist In Residence, Australia Square, Sydney. She was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portraiture Prize 2017 and was awarded 2nd place in the 2018 Art In The Open Landscape Painting Prize. In 2019 Melanie was a finalist in the Hawksbury Art Prize.