‘The Dead Travel Fast’ by Michele Melcher
Artist: Michele Melcher
Title: ‘The Dead Travel Fast’ (after ‘Lenore by German artist, Frank Kirchback b. 1859 d. 1912)
Medium: Oil on Wood
Dimensions: 17.5″ x 23.5″
Year of Creation: 2020
About the Artwork:
“This oil painting is after the Frank Kirchbach etching ‘Lenore’ that illustrates the 1773 ballad of the same name by German author, Gottfried August Bürger. I love gothic horror and when I came across Kirchbach’s stunning etching I absolutely needed to see it in color.” – Michele Melcher
About the Artist:
Michele Melcher is a classically trained fine artist and illustrator. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 from the renowned University of the Arts located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For over twenty years Michele has honed her craft as an illustrator specializing in editorial, portraiture and advertising for clients such as the AARP, American Express, The Chicago Tribune and the Smithsonian.
All the while she has been creating and showing her work in galleries both regionally and internationally. Michele’s work follows themes of folklore, legends, the supernatural and the natural sciences. Her latest paintings pay homage to the decadence of 18th and 19th century portrait masters as well as her interest in the themes and symbolism of vanitas and memento mori.
Michele creates and lives in the historic village of Carversville, Pennsylvania with her loving husband and her two black cats.