BY: ELISSA BARNARD
PUBLISHED DECEMBER 3, 2015
Melissa Townsend is known as the “owl lady” for her quirky, amusing owl heads against thick monochrome backgrounds painted in visible, forceful strokes for a tactile chalky appearance.
In her solo show, Come Awake, My Love, at Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington St., Halifax, she delivers pure beauty, delight and good humour in 14 new portraits not only of owls but of baby cows, foxes and peacocks with intense, individual expressions...
BY: NICOLE LAPIERRE
Today was a very special day for us. Teddy and I, witnessed the unveiling of the painting we had our beautiful, talented friend Melissa Townsend (Hiltz) paint for us.
It was beyond worth the wait… and I am so lucky that she allowed me to photography the unveiling, and her beautiful self on my new Oliphant backdrop.
When we saw this amazing piece of art we were both speechless, I thought to myself “wow, we are all grown up”...
BY: ELISSA BARNARD
PUBLISHED JUNE 26, 2013
Melissa Townsend’s paintings of owls and farmyard animals at Harvest Gallery make you immediately break out into a smile.
Her images range from an innocent, peppy-looking lamb to a fierce owl in vivid paintings marked by bold brush strokes, remarkably expressive eyes and a background of creamy blues or greens in Townsend’s distinctive thick strokes...
BY: DEBBIE RUTH
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 18, 2012
I first saw Melissa's compelling owl paintings on the wonderful design blog ABCdesign.com. I was enchanted. One (at least) of her paintings is on my short list of new art I want to acquire. I can't exactly tell you why I am so drawn to her owl paintings, but perhaps it is that interesting combination of intensity and whimsy. I think she has captured something special. When I interviewed her, I gained a bit more understanding behind the power of the paintings...
BY: JENNA CONTER
PUBLISHED JUNE 2, 2011
Anyone who has experienced life in the art world knows nothing comes easy. Attaining success before you're too brittle to hold a brush is rare. However, you'll never know where you'll end up unless you try.
Melissa Townsend, an Alberta native who now calls Halifax home, is well on her way.
Townsend crossed the country back in 2003 to attend the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After years of struggling to find her voice, she knew she needed a change of scenery...