Welcome to "Making Connections!" A blog-post series highlighting the amazing women entrepreneurs we have the pleasure of knowing and working with in Lac La Biche, Plamondon and surrounding areas! Each week we will be highlighting a different woman entrepreneur who is benefiting the community with their knowledge, drive, talent and skill. We're truly honoured and blessed to call these beautiful individuals our friends and are so excited for the opportunity to work with them in our little piece of northern paradise!
Welcome to the sixth feature in our Connections series. Let me introduce you to Melanie Braund, a very creative artist and entrepreneur that I've had the pleasure of getting to know this past year!
I first met Melanie during a Sparkle event for young girls hosted by Michele Dallaire in 2016. I was offering the yoga session for the event while Melanie led the girls through a wonderful painting session allowing them to follow their creative side with paint and canvas. It was such a fun day as we all shared our passion of working with our community’s youth.
Some of you may already know her for her super fun and creative paint nights around our community. You may have seen her amazing work on display and for sale in the local coffee shop in Plamondon (Café Cache) alongside many other talented local artists. She is truly a diverse artist producing beautiful pieces that make a space come to life!
With a career in welding and a natural artistic talent the sky is truly the limit with what Melanie can create. I recommend you follow her work on her Facebook and Instagram page, and attend a paint night with her. You may just find the inner artist in you!
Here's a little more about her in her own words!
"I have always been an artist at heart. Some of my earliest memories are of building wood projects in the garage with my Dad or dreaming and drawing in my sketchpad. I am mostly self-taught through practice and passion, but I did have a few instrumental art teachers along the way.
In 2000 I started my Journeyman apprenticeship, and in 2003 received my Red Seal and became an official Journeyman welder. For ten years I built pump-jacks professionally while dabbling in metal bending and sculpture in my spare time.
In 2005, an ornate garden bridge that I designed and built from metal, I got married to the love of my life as we said "I do" on the most beautiful day.
I've worked in many mediums and tried many techniques over the years: acrylic, oil, oil pastel, charcoal, scratchboard, watercolor, airbrushing, pencil, pen & ink, clay sculpture, photography, plaster, resin and metal sculpture. For many years I focused on creating realism in my art, but I've recently begun exploring the abstract. My newest pieces have a 3D effect with the use of plaster, acrylic paints, and resin.
The recent addition of a full-time art studio in my home has allowed me to upgrade my techniques and materials and has provided a quiet sanctuary for me to lose myself in my art and explore new media, methods and techniques.
Also to expand my skills and business I've started painting live in Paint Night sessions. I hire myself out in these very social, fun events.
With a lot of help and support from family, friends and my husband, I feel ready to share my artwork with the public, and try to make my dream of becoming a professional artist a reality. I recently launched my Facebook page.
When I'm not in my studio, I am enjoying my three beautiful young children and my husband on our acreage located just outside small town Plamondon, Alberta."
Learn more about Melanie's work by following the links below!