MELISSA BISBEE ORME
A native of Michigan, Melissa Bisbee Orme graduated from the School of Architecture and Design at The University of Michigan where she majored in painting and earned a BS in Design. She has worked as an art teacher; a painter in oil, watercolor and acrylic; and also as a printmaker.
In the 1980's, she began painting exclusively with watercolor and in the last three years has enthusiastically transitioned to acrylic.
” For me, painting is a projection of the spirit and my inner visual language.
My objective is to create compositions that reflect this philosophy through the evolution of abstract form and color. I use acrylic paint to implement this exploration because of its infinite range of possibilities. Because it is quick-drying, it provides me with the immeciacy I desire, as well as fluidity, opacity and transparency.
Although my work seems to reflect a spontaneous process, it is never free from the the underlying elements of design. These elements are the essential tools which guide me in the creation and manipulation of a sucessful image.
This process is ever changing and a constant challenge to me. It pushes me toward places of unknown and exciting territory. It is here that I discover new concepts and techniques, adding depth and meaning to my work. This is the essence of my journey and my passion.
I hope, as a result, that the viewer will be compelled to participate in my compositions, understanding that the story or emotion conveyed is a product of the process. It is the ultimate form of the artists' voice."
For several years she studied with Phyllis Rutigliano at Silvermine Guild Arts Center in New Canaan, CT, and more recently with Anna Patalano at Greenwich Art Society and
Alyse Rosner at Silvermine.
She also studied at the New York Botanical Garden where she earned a certificate in Landscape Design and started her own design firm. She has designed numerous gardens for private residences in the northeast. She refers to garden design as “designing and painting with plants – another medium for the painter.” Her garden illustrations have appeared in House Beautiful magazine. Her own garden was featured in Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine in June of 2007 and in the book Private Gardens of Connecticut, Jane Garmey ~ Photographs by John M. Hall, 2010.
Ms. Orme is an exhibiting member of The Rowayton Arts Center and exhibits widely in group and juried shows in the tri-state area. Her first one-woman show was mounted at the Town & County Club in Hartford, CT, in March 2009. In May, her second solo show was hung at Garden of Ideas Gallery, in Ridgefield, CT. In 2014, she exhibitied in a one- woman show at Teatown Gallery, Ossining, NY. Her work can be found in private collections throughout the United States and England.