I paint with acrylics, gel mediums and metallic pigments on canvas. I am drawn to muted tonal palettes – warm hues of blue, soft greens, gauzy yellows and shadowy grays. I love the way a little bit of metallic or iridescent medium can catch the light and illuminate a mat surface. It is exciting to me when a shimmering effect might make visible a sense of the passage of time. Through my art, I am continuously searching for peace ~ exploring themes of spirituality, contemplation, harmony, surrender, and stillness. My hope is that my art appeals to the imagination and intuition in a way that might evoke a sense of connectedness to something greater than ourselves.
Melissa was born and raised around Washington, D.C. Her love of drawing and painting as a young girl led her to a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. During this period she was chosen for an internship at Georgetown University assisting acclaimed medical illustrator Peter Stone. Later education and career choices moved her through graduate school and ten years in the corporate world managing an award winning team of graphic designers, computer artists & animators.
After spending a few years living in Canberra, Australia and Paris, France, she settled with her husband and three children in the San Francisco Bay area of California. During this time she became an advocate providing hospitality and support to newly arrived refugees. The emotional challenge of this work was significant. To find balance, Melissa returned to her roots as a painter. Her time working with refugees inspired the ‘Seeker Series’. In these paintings, she explores themes of strength, peace and stillness. Her process involves layering, scraping, building up, washing off – exposing.
Melissa recently returned to CA after three years painting and exhibiting her art in Europe through galleries in London, England. She is now working out of her home studio in Santa Cruz, CA