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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature
Issue 4: Fall 2015
Visual Arts: Paintings [R]

Five Paintings

by Frances Melis


Olive Tree in Fall Foliage, by Frances Melis
[Olive Tree in Fall Foliage]

Copyright © by Frances Melis. All rights reserved.


The Old Docks in Hora, Andros, by Frances Melis
[The Old Docks in Hora]

Copyright © by Frances Melis. All rights reserved.


Tourlitis Lighthouse at Night, by Frances Melis
[Tourlitis Lighthouse at Night]

Copyright © by Frances Melis. All rights reserved.


Andros Lemons, by Frances Melis
[Andros Lemons]

Copyright © by Frances Melis. All rights reserved.


The Wisdom of the Olive Tree, by Frances Melis
[The Wisdom of the Olive Tree]

Copyright © by Frances Melis. All rights reserved.


Frances (Franseska) Melis
Issue 4, Fall 2015

was born in Apikia on the Greek island of Andros, where she spent her early childhood. In 1938, she and her mother left Andros to travel to the United States to join her father who was working in New York. Since childhood, Frances always had paper and pen at hand, and drew everything in sight. She took classes in art and fashion design in high school.

In 1953, she returned briefly to Andros, where she painted the landscapes of the island. She soon left for New York again where she got married and raised a family. Art was put aside until her oldest daughter talked her into taking drawing classes in the evening at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. From then on, art became her constant companion.

Because her desire to live on the island of Andros had never left her, Frances Melis and her husband settled permanently in Greece in 1986. Now 85 years old, she spends summers on the island and winters in Athens, with occasional visits to New York. Her time on Andros gives her opportunities to paint the countryside and to create still lifes.

Beginning in 1986, paintings by Frances Melis have been shown in solo exhibits, with the most recent one in July 2015 in Hora, Andros. Her works have also appeared in several group exhibits organized by the Paradise Hotel in Andros. Several of her paintings appear in a book by Dora Illiopoulou-Rogan, Andros by Contemporary Greek Artists, which includes works from the 2007 Paradise Hotel Exhibit by the same title.

Email contact: francesmelis [at] gmail [dot] com

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