Melanie Norris

Melanie Norris

Barnardsville, NC, United States

About Melanie Norris

Melanie lives and works in rural North Carolina, outside of Asheville. Her work looks at portraiture from different angles and uses the face as a ground for abstraction and exploration of the psyche. The bold, expressive strokes in oil underscore the delicate ephemera of the watercolor.


B.A. in Painting from East Tennessee State University


Exhibitor at The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, Chicago, Dallas 2017-2019

Resident at Taidelatos Haihatus in Joutsa Finland, 2016.

Speaker at Tedx Asheville, Producer Brett McCall. Asheville, NC (2015)

Abbot, Ann Emmert. “The Art of Holding Back” (pp. 45-51). Watercolor Artist. April 2015.

Feature in Fresh Paint Magazine. Curated by Danielle Krysa. December, 2015, Vol.10 (pp. 55).

Subject of "Beauty", a short documentary in Brass Brothers Films, "Making Art", 2013.


"Beyond Knowing" Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville, NC. Curated by David Sheldon (2019).

"Fresh Start" Bergdorf Goodman, Manhattan, NY. Curated by Ashley Longshore (2019).

"Haihatus" Solo Exhibition at Unit 42-L,
Asheville, NC (2017).

“NC Artist Exhibition” Curated by Bradley Sumrall. Betty McCain Gallery, Raleigh, NC (2016).

“Watercolor NOW” Curated by Sarah Buhr. Springfield Museum of Art. Springfield, MO (2015).

“Tinkers” Roanoke Art Works, Roanoke, VA (2014).

“From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands” Curated by Steven Matijcio. William King Museum, Abingdon, VA (2013).