Meet the Artist

Hello, I'm Melissa

From an early age I made marks - and got in lots of trouble doing it - on walls, furniture,  and other unapproved structures. One can say it all started there……
I am considered a ‘self-taught’ artist, which is a misnomer because I have been taught, just not in a ‘traditional’ college setting.
Everything I know has been learned through:
  • high school art education, non-credit college art classes
  • self-guided learning tools such as books, videos, coaches, and online tutorials
  • practice - practice - practice.
I've logged in tons of hours and burned many bad pieces in the process.  (literally - I threw that shizzle on the fire pile, because no one needs to be subjected to that)
In doing so I found my niche in acrylic and mixed media. The process and materials are liberating and I like the contemporary feel of the work.
Thank you for exploring my creative world. If you love colorful art with textures, variety, and visual surprises, then this might be just the place to find it.
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"She believed she could, so she did"
R.S. Grey
"Painting and art cannot be taught. You can save time if someone tells you to put blue and yellow together to make green, but the essence of painting is a self disciplined activity that you have to learn by yourself."
Romare Bearden
"The art we buy is as much about who we are as it is about the artists who create it"
Robert Klonoski

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.
  • Crazy me, I like using low to non toxic materials - so I use a non-yellowing, archival, UV resistant, polymer, water based varnish.  It so happens it is also non-removable. One has to pick one's battles. (a removable varnish can be added by request)
  • All canvas is pre-primed with gesso.
  • All panels are primed with water based Kilz brand primer and then gessoed.
  • All sides are ‘finished’, all pieces are wired - ready to hang.
  • I use quality materials and professional paints and mediums for the best results.
  • BONUS: I include hanging hardware appropriate for the weight of the piece.
For more info or any other questions visit my F.A.Q. page or contact me at