Although I work in multiple mediums, I am always attracted to the human figure, texture, weathered and decaying surfaces, bones, rust, and the natural world. These interests create common threads that weave through my work regardless of medium.
I consider oil paint my primary medium. I like to work in oil because it allows me to work slowly, in layers, and offers a greater freedom and range of effects than other mediums.
My paintings are usually figurative. For me, figurative works evoke an emotional response that is rarely attained in landscape or other genres of painting.
I am inspired by the visual poetry of the human form. I'm attracted to the turn of a wrist, the curve of a spine, the shadow of a collar bone. I love the way light can make skin glow and the way shadow defines a form, then the challenge of trying to recreate that beauty and complexity in paint. In addition to the physical qualities of a figure, I am interested in the psychological aspects of the human mind - and strive to convey mood and feeling in my paintings.
Melissa was born and raised in Detroit and attended Wayne State University where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Art Education and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy.
She worked previously as an art educator in the West Bloomfield school district. She has been exhibiting her work professionally in the Detroit area since 2006 and has since won numerous awards.
She also serves as a board member and exhibition committee member for the Detroit Artists Market.