Johanna Melvin’s paintings are built through a finely layered process of decision-making about colour relationship, spatial composition and consistency of paint, negotiating a finely-spun balance between the incidental and intentional.

A starting point or inspiration for this process might be found in architectural drawings, a window, an open door or a shadow cast along a wall. Other kinds of fleeting visual sensation informing the work and its preoccupation with the painterly and sometimes cursive, might be the incidental brush-marks found on a whitewashed window, city-scapes or found colour relationships in the urban environment that excite the eye.