MEL SHAPCOTT is an abstract artist whose contemporary watercolor paintings depict surreal landscapes and unconventional portraits generated through her unique experience of external and internal stimuli. She captures what is seen through her artist’s lens, whether it is a visual snapshot of the subtle energies in a surrounding environment or a physical sensation that is given voice through her gestural marks.
Shapcott received her BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and has participated in numerous collective and solo shows in the United States, as well as collaborated with artists internationally. Forty-eight of her vibrant watercolor paintings were recently published in a card deck designed for intuitive inspiration and in 2017 she participated as artist-in-residence at Anahata Education Center in Floyd, Virginia. During her residency she dedicated her time to creating works on paper, advancing her mastery of mixed media techniques, and nurturing a new textural language.
Shapcott is an agent of understanding in a rapidly evolving universe, and her individual and collaborative projects often explore and celebrate the melding of art with social issues, women’s empowerment, and community building. She is founder and editor of Wild Woman Rising online magazine for artists and activists, graduate of the Priestess Path women’s leadership program, and the 2012 recipient of the Larger Visions Positive Change Award from Peregrine Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.