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Melanie Chartier

This artist is a Creative Exchange member of the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.

Growing up in New Bedford, Massachusetts, I enjoyed exposure to music, dance, drama and fine art. I have identified with the creative spirit since my earliest memories. Focusing on painting, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMASS-Dartmouth) and a Master of Fine Art degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. After living and painting in the Chicago area for many years, I moved with my husband and daughter to Cape Cod and began to rediscover my roots. Being primarily a still life painter, I am drawn to objects as my muse. Using these objects allows me to explore a range of themes, from the seasons to vanities to autobiographical and narrative vignettes.
In regard to using shells as my subject, living on Cape Cod it is difficult to avoid being influenced by the natural surroundings. Here, ordinary shells become icons. The natural thing to do is to use them as subject matter. Doing so has anchored me and my work here for now.

Currently, I keep a private studio in The Old Schoolhouse Art Studios of Barnstable Village which is occupied by more than a dozen very active artists. We host an Open Studio Event once or twice a year or you can make an appointment to visit my studio.
I am represented by Chatham Fine Art, Chatham,MA



  • Gallery 1 - Melanie Chartier
  • Gallery 2 - Melanie Chartier
  • Gallery 3 - Melanie Chartier
  • Passing Clouds 11x14" Oil

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