Melanie Weidner, M.Div., is an artist and spiritual companion shaped by years of Quaker and mindful contemplative practice. Her work embodies joy, presence, and compassion, for insight and soul nourishment.
Melanie’s art appears in numerous publications and both public and private collections. She will be on sabbatical in 2018 from spiritual direction and workshops in order to discern how her work wants to unfold.
Art-making continually surprises me as a powerfully transformative expression of soul and relationship. I’ve spent my life exploring the essential connections between art, spirituality, and human life. My art images arise from a combination of spiritual practice, deep love for people and Earth, and a desire to communicate meaning. I turn to the Sacred for creative guidance and inspiration. The art that unfolds from this listening process encourages deeper attention to our lives as they are, and sparks courageous and creative response. Simply put, the work celebrates beauty, presence, self-reflection, compassion, and joy.
I currently tell stories in three main art media: watercolor, mixed-media collage, and fabric. When I paint, I intentionally use strong watercolor applied with rich contrast, and often include colored pencil markings for more texture. My mixed media images might have moving parts and windows, digital elements, or layered paints, papers, and handwriting. I playfully dive further into texture and collage with non-traditional fabric art, both hand- and machine-stitched. The mandala/sacred circle in many of these pieces conveys wholeness and belonging.
Melanie earned a BA degree in Religion with an Art minor from George Fox University 1991, a Master of Divinity degree in Spirituality from the Earlham School of Religion 1998, and a Certificate in the Art of Contemplative Listening from the Namaste Center 2007. In 2002-03, she served as the Minnie Jane Quaker Artist in Residence at the Pendle Hill Quaker Contemplative and Study Center. She’s a member of Spiritual Directors International.
Melanie creates life and home with her wonder-full partner, Hollin, their dog Tashi, and Milagrita the cat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.