Melora Kennedy is a painter who has also made shadow boxes, and is currently occupied with still life. Still life makes it possible to practice her art a little every day—which makes it like meditation. Setting up a still life is similar to arranging the elements inside a shadow box: it resembles child’s play. She’s drawn in by the way that plants, in particular, express human emotion in their every gesture. She tries to paint so this feeling of liveliness comes across. Melora has been living in Vermont since 1998. She teaches at a nursery school and lives with her partner on some land that they garden together. Janet Wormser, a local artist, taught her the basics of oil painting and through her example the way an artist can work carefully to give the art emotional energy. Melora has shown her work in Montpelier at The Drawing Board, and J Langdon, as well as the Front.