My first memory is of standing in my crib drawing on the wall with a brown crayon. I drew a rabbit wearing an apron. As soon as I finished, I saw a mistake. My bunny had both human and rabbit ears. Four ears! How embarrassing. I recognize now that my bunny of old had two sets of ears for a reason. What a perceptive creature he must have been! The stories and lessons and goofy snippits of life appearing in my art today are rarely - if ever - born of my own triumphs. Like that freaky four-eared bunny, my best art still comes in spite of my attempts to make it reflect what I know. If you see wisdom in my images, that perspective appears there because I need to learn that lesson, not because I have already mastered it. I make the art I need to see. I am not preaching to you. I am not speaking to you as some wise old master. I am still a little kid with a crayon. Well, with a whole heck of a lot of crayons now. I am still drawing things to learn. And if those images happen to touch your heart, too, all the better. Maybe between us we can find some meaning that would have eluded us had we remained separate. I make art because I have always made art and because I do not know any other way and because I like the images that come out of me. Art is how I make sense of the world. Art is how I communicate. Art is how I feel my emotions. The rest of my life can be a real challenge sometimes, but painting is always a treat. Thank you for visiting. I am so glad you found me in this vast and thrilling cyber universe. Please know that your interest in my work means the world to me. With love, Melissa
Biography: I am a full-time artist and I sell my work directly to my collectors, many of whom have become my friends. My works hang in homes all across North America, Europe, and Asia. To date, I have sold more than 1,000 original drawings and paintings. After graduating from college with a degree in fine art and English, I worked at a LONG series of unusual and exciting jobs ranging from car sales to corporate recruitment to management stuff to unloading airplanes to selling books to training new drivers as a classroom and behind-the-wheel driving instructor. I have worked in blue collar jobs and white collar jobs; with children, adults, and seniors; in affluent suburbs and in economically depressed inner city areas. I am hopeful that my unusually broad life experiences help to keep my art accessible to a wide audience. In June of 2003, I quit my last job and have supported myself as an artist since that time.
Country: United States
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