Melinda Lomax Cootsona is a native of Northern California. Born and raised near Stanford University, she has been greatly influenced by the Bay Area artistic tradition as well as the creative, entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley. Having painted for over 30 years, Melinda’s current work focuses on the strength of the female form. Her paintings are created with layers of oil paint and often cold wax, applied and then scraped away revealing figures that fill the canvas in varying poses of contemplation or reflection in abstracted surroundings. Whether in a soft or a harsh surrounding, the strength of the figure is primary.
After receiving her BFA from the California College of the Arts, in Oakland, CA. in 1981, Cootsona worked for approxilmately fifteen years in the design field creating everything from “album covers to multi-million dollar interiors.” Melinda returned to her love of painting in about 1990 and eventually left design to focus on painting. She has been inspired by the Society of Six and the Bay Area Figurative artists; many of whom studied at, or taught at, her alma mater.
Melinda has been included in exhibitions at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, The San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Competition and the Triton Museum where she won an Award of Merit. Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, and recently at the Coos Bay Museum of Art in Oregon.
“American Art Collector” (published by Alcove Books) has selected the artist’s paintings to be included in four of their publications and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
She works in her studio in Menlo Park, California and teaches workshops throughout the US and Internationally.