The Artist

melissa brauen art


Melissa Brauen is a mixed media studio painter using primarily acrylics and collage elements in a contemporary expressionist style. Much of her current work is created through intuitive processes and exploration. Her subjects include landscape and abstracted figuration. 
She started her professional journey many years ago using pastels to create commissioned portraits. After following many other pursuits, she returned to her creative roots with dedication to honing her artistic skills. 
She studied the arts throughout her life in traditional as well as non-traditional venues such as high-school and college art courses, artist workshops, and on-line tutorials. She continues her eduction with virtual training, live workshop study, and a steady studio practice. 

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"I love the direction Melissa is going with her work. She is one of the most talented emerging artists I have seen in years."

  • M. Evans   Chattanooga, TN

"This piece - the beach is my happy place. The colors are vibrant. The waves and sand spoke to my heart. Waiting for me....perfect! Love it!!"

  • R. Veazey   Bay St Louis, MS

"I am so happy to own this piece of art! Your work truly speaks to me! I felt like a kid when I opened the package!"

  • R. Voorhies     Gretna, LA

"I love it even more in person." ~ "I really love the piece so much that I [commissioned ] two more similar works"

  • C. Wells      Pamyra, VA

Juried Exhibits

Dec 7-15, 2019
Juried Exhibition
The Arts, Hancock Arts, (MS)
Juror: Paulette Dove
2nd Place Acrylic / Mixed Media
“Emerging Territory”

Dec 1- 15, 2018
Juried Exhibition
The Arts Hancock Arts (MS)
Juror: Terry Flucker
“Dormant Dream”

March23 to April-24, 2018
Juried Exhibition
Arts Alive! Hancock Arts MS
Juror: S. Gayle Stevens
Honorable Mention Painting / Multi Media
“Day After Day”

Other Exhibits

Fall 2021
Ocean Springs
Annual P’ARTake Exhibit (MS)
“Untethered” & "Walking Home"

Fall 2019
Ocean Springs
Annual P’ARTake Exhibit (MS)
“That Floral”

Jan 19-Feb 17, 2019
The Arts, Hancock, Exhibit (MS)
Studio Waveland, MS
“Dormant Dream”

Fall 2018
Ocean Springs
Annual P’ARTake Exhibit (MS)

Fall 2021
Ocean Springs
Annual P’ARTake Exhibit (MS)
“Untethered” & "Coming Home"


2018 - Present
The Arts, Hancock County
Hancock Co, MS

2017- Present
Ocean Springs Art Association
Ocean Springs, MS

My Process

  • I work primarily in acrylic mediums, while also using collage, pastel, ink and other art mediums.
  • All layers are fully dried and cured.
  • I create an isolation coat using gloss acrylic medium before varnishing.  This coat gives a unified finish and nice luster.
  • I use a non-yellowing, archival, UV resistant, polymer, water based varnish.  It is also non-removable.
  • All canvas is pre-primed with gesso. All panels are primed with gesso or water based Kilz brand primer and then gessoed.
  • 300 GSM paper is used for works on paper which , are matted for presentation as ell as framing.
  • Canvas and cradled panels are wired and ready to hang. Flat panels are standard sizes for easy framing.
  • I use professional materials and mediums to ensure archival quality.
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