Melissa Leith Ash

Melissa Leith Ash

My professional life has been lived as a classically trained painter and my most admired artist is the universally recognized genius, the Spanish court painter Diego de Silva y Velázquez.

“The Gypsy in Spanish Red” was inspired by a series of oil paintings I have exhibited called “The Gypsy Watchers”* and is a very personal journey for me. After hours spent in researching gypsy mores and tales, in local libraries conjoined with time in the Prado Museum in Spain, I expanded my knowledge of gypsy life and of the Inquisition. I had previously lived in Central and South America for twelve years. And although I was aware of the Inquisition’s far reaching powers extending to the Spanish Colonies of The New World of Spain, spanning a period from the 1600’s up until the twentieth century, I did not know of the full extent of its continued and persistent prejudices.




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