Anastasia O’Melveny is a self-taught artist living and working in Massachusetts. Since her youth she has worked in a multitude of artistic mediums to express spiritual themes and the beauty of the natural world. Among her many modes of creative expression are painting, photography, mixed media and collage, multi-media works, architecture, glasswork, jewelry, music, poetry and writing.
From infancy she was fascinated by art, and spent long hours looking at art books. She loved drawing and painting. Undiagnosed autism and learning disabilities complicated her early life and precluded a higher education; it was not until age 56 that was she was finally diagnosed as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nevertheless, she managed to follow an artistic path: experimenting with many artistic mediums and materials. Since the 1980's she has embraced photography, and is constantly capturing moments and details of the world she encounters.
Recently, thanks to a special educational opportunity, she has been able to study Art, primarily at Boston University, focusing on Traditional Painting Techniques, Life Drawing and Religious Art around the world. At present she is working on several commisioned paintings and is writing and illustrating a series of multi-media books.
She is represented by the AANE Gallery in Watertown, Massachusetts which showcases the workof Autistic Artists.
For more information on the AANE Gallery, see Links.