Twisted, 2007

oil on canvas

24" x 48"


Girls With Balls, 2009

oil on canvas

18" x 14"


Melinda Thorsnes has long been one of my favorite contemporary Northwest artists, so it is a genuine please to host a mid-career retrospective of her beautiful, brightly colored paintings.  Her primary teacher at the Museum Art School (now PNCA) was her thesis advisor George Johanson, and she graduated in 1971, setting the stage for a remarkable 4 decades long painting career.  Thorsnes continues to be highly regarded for her skillful use of rich, deeply saturated color in narrative, figural work which continues the traditions of American genre painting.  Often working from old family photographs, her work offers humor and insight while commenting imaginatively on family and other aspects of American culture. Do come and see!


Mid-Career Retrospective: Paintings From 5 Decades

Show Dates: July 8 - August 29, 2015

 Show Opening Reception With Artist Talk: Saturday, July 11th, 2015, 1:30pm - 3:00pm   *   Melinda will speak about her work at 2:00pm 

Show Closing Party With Artist Talk:  Saturday, August 22, 2015,  1:30pm - 3:00pm

Michael Parsons Fine Art

716 S.W. Madison

Portland, OR 97205

Phone 503-206-8601

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday - Saturday, 12pm-5pm


Too Many Masters, 2007

oil on canvas

36" x 24"

All Done Painting, 2009

oil on board

12" x 12"


Complicity, 2004

oil on canvas

24" x 48"