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Krystii Melaine
A Timeless Legacy 2019 Artist



2019 Works




Ksikkaapaiaiksi - White Weasels, Blackfoot

Krystii Melaine

Oil on linen panel

24" x 18"

USD $6,900.00 









Krystii Melaine


Krystii Melaine is on an artistic journey to discover and portray the people who shaped the American West. She brings a classically trained artist’s eye, an Australian perspective, a thirst for knowledge, and contemporary ideas to Western art. 

Krystii knew without any doubt that she would be an artist by age four, won her first art competition at seven, and was selling paintings by age fourteen. Following University studies in painting and drawing, Krystii enjoyed a successful career as a fashion designer specializing in bridal and evening gowns.
But when her lifelong passion for painting became too strong to ignore, she undertook five years of atelier study in traditional tonal realism, focusing on portraiture.
Achieving success as a portrait and wildlife artist in Australia, Krystii then found inspiration in the Native Americans, cowboys and wildlife of the American West. In 2010 she and her husband moved from Australia to Spokane, Washington, to be closer to her favorite Western subjects.
Working in a realistic, painterly style in oils, Krystii portrays the people and animals who shaped the West in the past and who continue its traditions today. Her research begins with making and beading replica Native American clothing and equipment, then working with Native American models and historical re-enactors on location to ensure authenticity. Through intimate portraits and wider narratives, she tells individual stories in quietly poetic ways, often including subtle symbolism. 
Krystii’s paintings regularly feature in major museum exhibitions, and she has 23 paintings in museum collections. In 2018, Krystii added to her numerous awards with the Purchase Award and Patron’s Choice Award at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest For The West, and Patron’s Choice Award at Cowgirl Up! She is a Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists, and member of the Portrait Society of America and Oil Painters of America. 

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