About the Artist
Melinda Engel Runge grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young child, Melinda started painting, drawing and sketching with her grandfather who taught her the basics. Her great grandmother Eleanor Hartwell was a well known St. Louis artist and member of the St. Louis Artist Guild. Her grandmother’s art inspired Melinda to learn to paint. In high school, Melinda took many art classes and won many awards, motivating her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at William Woods University.
Influenced by Impressionist artists such as Monet, Manet and Renoir, Melinda found her niche early on with more interpretive paintings. As her style developed and changed, she found her vision of expression through use of bold colors. This, along with her love of animals – especially horses – weaved its way into her signature style, and paved the path for the beginning of Melinda’s commissioned pieces which she has sold and continues to sell across the country.
“I’m inspired by everything around me – animals, nature, the human figure and interior spaces. As an artist, I try to convey a sense of emotion through the colors I use and how I interpret my subject. I see color where most people don’t, and I infuse all the colors of the rainbow for the viewer. I like to bring smiles to faces of people who appreciate my paintings.”
-Melinda Engel Runge
Today, Melinda has been blessed with the honor of being in solo art shows, Fine Art shows across Missouri, and was commissioned to paint the USS Missouri for a fundraiser. The piece is now hanging in Pearl Harbor. This was the biggest honor of Melinda’s career.