River Muse Art Gallery & Studio... ...where creativity flows
Melanie Hertzog was raised in Oswego, N.Y. and thrived during her summers as a third generation River Rat at the family cottage on Wellesley Island. The River has long inspired her creativity in art and writing. She completed her first oil painting when she was twelve, and sold her first painting during a High School Art show. Melanie earned her degree in Fine Art at SUNY Oswego, with a dual concentration in painting and photography, along with additional studies in writing. A degree in Forest Technology helped to sharpen her understanding and appreciation of the natural environment. In 1985 she earned her MSW from Syracuse University and pursued her professional career as Clinical Social Worker, interweaving the creative arts into her interventions with troubled children and families.
Around the edges of career and family life, Melanie painted portraits of pets and children by commission. She participated in the Binghamton Roberson Photo Club, honing her critical eye through club critique and competition sessions with area professionals. She received awards state-wide for her nature photography, including a first place in the Syracuse regional Kodak International Newspaper Snapshot Awards. She also continued with writer's groups and classes. Melanie published her first book of poetry and essays on the rhythms of nature and family life through the seasons, titled: "When I Pause to Listen".
Back in 2002, it was a family effort, as Melanie’s husband worked with a crew to build their cottage/retirement home in their longtime Wellesley Island community. In 2019, after both had retired and sold their Binghamton home, Melanie and Steve moved full time to the River. Melanie is excited to turn her attention full time to her artistic endeavors. Melanie's images of the Thousand Islands and portraits of pets and children have become treasured heirlooms for a growing number of collectors.
Paintings, photographs and high quality paper and canvas giclée prints are available by request. Although her website is under development, her work can be viewed through Instagram: riverlifeart.