The Artist

melissa brauen art


Melissa Brauen is a mixed media studio artist using primarily acrylics and collage elements in a contemporary expressionist style. Much of her current work is done thru intuitive processes and exploration.
She studied and practiced the arts since childhood in traditional as well as non-traditional venues. She started her professional journey many years ago using pastels to create commissioned portraits. After a long hiatus form the arts to follow other pursuits in retail management, medical x-ray, and several entrepreneurial endeavors, she returned to her creative roots with dedication to honing her craft. 
Growing up in the eclectic and diverse city of New Orleans has had an impact on many of the ideas and concepts she expresses. She now resides and works in the country-side on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, very near her hometown as well as the beach, where the variety in landscapes inspires her work. She is currently a member of The Arts, Hancock County and Ocean Springs Art Association.

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 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)

My Process

In case you're curious about that and because I want the work to last, I want you to know some things.
  • I work primarily in acrylic mediums, with some collage, pastel, ink and other embellishments.
  • All layers are fully dried and cured.
  • When a piece is done, I use an isolation coat made of thinned gloss acrylic medium before varnishing.  This coat gives a unified finish and nice luster. It also plays well with the varnish.
  • 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 water based Kilz brand primer and then gessoed.
  • All pieces are wired  and ready to hang.
  • I use quality materials and professional paints and mediums for the best results.
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