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Artist Melissa Lofton was born in Carmel California and is a longtime resident of the Big Sur area. Playing between landscape painting, born out of her love for the natural world, and abstract work, a natural expression of inner worlds, Lofton paints large format canvases in oil, characterized by complex, lively color and texture. She is inspired by the landscape of home in Big Sur: trees, mountains, rocks and sea. She paints the people and everyday objects in her world and in her travels. In recent years Lofton has become fascinated with the possibility of painting a more subjective inner world: dreams, thoughts, the qualities of life.


Lofton maintains a studio at her home in the mountains of Big Sur and also has a studio in Carmel.






Exhibits since 1996:


2017 ‘Home on the Ridge’ Solo show at Carmel Art Association


2015  ‘Simple Things’ Solo show at Carmel Art Association


2014  ‘ Color 2 ’  Two person show at Carmel Art Association


         ‘ Shift - Five Decades of Contemporary California Painting ’

           Group show at La Mirada, Monterey Museum of Art


2013 ‘ People’ Two person show at Carmel Art Association


2012 'Reflections' Solo show at Carmel Art Association


Group show at Carmel Bay Company


2010  'Returning Light' Solo show at Carmel Bay Company CA


           Three person show at Carmel Art Association


2009  'Inbreath' Solo show at Carmel Art Association CA


            Solo show at Big Sur Gallery in Carmel CA


2008   Solo show at JHowell Fine Art in Healdsburg CA


             Solo show at The Gallery at Ventana in Big Sur CA


2007  'Return' Two person show at Carmel Art Association


2005  'Continuum' Solo show at Carmel Art Association CA


2004  Solo show at Phillips Gallery of Fine Art in Carmel CA


           Solo show at The Gallery at Ventana in Big Sur CA


2003   'Between Worlds' Solo show at Carmel Art Association CA


2002  Solo show at Phillips Gallery of Fine Art in Carmel CA


2001  'Sunday Afternoon in the Garden'  Two person show in Carmel Highlands CA


           Solo show at Phillips Gallery of Fine Art in Carmel CA


2000  'Outside In'  Solo show at Carmel Art Association


1999   'Under a Watermelon Moon'  Solo Show at Gallery at Ventana in Big Sur CA


1998  Solo show at Grove Homescapes in Pacific Grove CA


           Two person show at Farm Center Studios in Carmel Valley CA


1997  'The Gentle Season' Solo show at The Gallery at Ventana in Big Sur CA


1996   'Along the Coast' Solo show at The Gallery at Ventana in Big Sur CA



Permanent collections:


Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in CA


The Bellagio in Las Vegas Nevada


Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur CA


Ventana Inn and Spa in Big Sur CA


Sonoma Golf Club CA


Many private collections worldwide