Miska Salemann

Artist Bio

Miska was born Emily Salemann, a child of immigrants with German, Russian and Serbian heritage. She is a self-taught painter, studying works of the great modern masters daily. Miska's journey as a painter began in St. Thomas, USVI as a basic need to provide artwork for a vacation home on the island. Hence, the birth of her business model: combining her love for art and real-estate to create extraordinary art-filled homes.

On Christmas Eve 2020 Miska purchased the Columbia Bank Building, across from Pelican Brewing and the Hallmark Resort, a mixed use commercial space with two spectacular apartments above. Miska is now the Artist in Residence at her Cannon Beach Studio and Gallery.

Stop by and watch her paint.

Miska was born Emily Salemann, a child of immigrants with German, Russian and Serbian heritage. She is a self-taught painter, studying works of the great modern masters daily. Miska's journey as a painter began in St. Thomas, USVI as a basic need to provide artwork for a vacation home on the island. Hence, the birth of her business model: combining her love for art and real-estate to create extraordinary art-filled homes.

In August 2000, Miska was chosen by U.S. ART magazine as one of 25 prominent artists featured, and called her "an emerging success." Her paintings are colorful and expressive. Her figures are very endearing. The blend of Roman Catholic and Russian Greek Orthodox religious upbringing has manifested itself in her highly successful series of modern abstract Madonna Icons. When told that her paintings are very Picasso-like, she replies that her images are "happier" and her figures more recognizable.

Miska often incorporates iridescent colors in her works that give them an amazing reflective quality. Her work is also rich in symbolism. Umbrellas, which are very common in her work, are symbols of the shelter that the love of friends and family provide in life. The circles found on the faces and chests of her figures are symbols of the blush of romance and the security of love. Her paintings often reflect a Northwest palette and a love for coffee and wine.

In 2017 Miska purchased her first home in Cannon Beach, where she retains a studio apartment. Miska splits her time between the Oregon coast and her Art Farm in Fall City, WA, where the roosters in the henhouse inspired her popular series of rooster paintings.

On Christmas Eve 2020 Miska purchased the Columbia Bank Building, across from Pelican Brewing and the Hallmark Resort, a mixed use commercial space with two spectacular apartments above. Miska is now the Artist in Residence at her Cannon Beach Studio and Gallery.

Stop by and watch her paint.

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