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Melissa's Bio: Ranting Centaur Studios

Ranting Centaur Pagan Wiccan Paper Jewelry Melissa: Ranting Centaur Studios- I am Melissa Benson, originally from Stratford, CT and currently from Shelton, CT. I make ultra light-weight paper jewelry and paintings in a variety of media. I seek to create a world of beauty and mystery using organic forms and mythic imagery, often with celtic compositional elements. I present these images using vivid color and dynamic designs through the use of dyes, color pencils, graphite or oil paint.

I also explore a range of possibilities for my Pagan work through my choice of subject matter. I do not create mundane imagery and defend it as social commentary. I believe that designing with attention to values, contrast, ratio and proportion are essential to creating a painting that transports the viewer into an alternate reality.

I draw inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites, the Arts & Crafts Movement and Wiccan Pagan traditions. 

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