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Melissa Melero-Moose, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Access Denied, 2021, acrylic and mixed media with pine nuts on canvas, courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, © Melissa Melero-Moose. Photo by NMAI Photo Services

Virtual Studio: Melissa Melero-Moose—Abstracting Landscapes

Virtual Studio

  • Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Workshops
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Join artist Melissa Melero-Moose (Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe) to engage with ways landscapes can be expressed through different colors, shapes, and textures. We will start by learning about Melissa Melero-Moose’s connection to the Great Basin and how it informed her work in The Land Carries Our Ancestors: Contemporary Art by Native Americans. Building on these ideas, we will experiment with layering mediums and organic objects to create a unique composition.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Melissa Melero-Moose

Melissa Melero-Moose was born in San Francisco, CA in 1974 and spent most of her childhood living in Reno, Nevada. She is Northern Paiute, enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe with ties to Fort Bidwell Paiute, California. Melissa holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Fine Arts from Portland State University, Portland, OR.

Her works are a part of the permanent collections of the Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Lilley Museum, University of Nevada; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV and School for Advanced Research (IARC), Santa Fe, NM.

Melissa currently exhibits regionally and nationally and is also part of the Great Basin Native Artists collective. Her influences include imagery found in the Great Basin landscape, petroglyphs, beadwork, and basketry from the Indigenous tribes of Nevada and California.



  • Pencil and scrap paper
  • 1 or 2 canvases, 8” x 8” is ideal and/or thicker paper like watercolor
  • Modeling or Molding Paste
  • Palette knife or spoon
  • Acrylic paints and medium/large brushes
  • A few small lightweight organic objects from nature like a leaf, nut, small rock, shell, pinecone, sand, or dirt
  • Paper towels and a water cup
  • Optional: acrylic medium, spray bottle filled with water

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