"My Love For The Water Is Expressed In My Ocean Inspired Paintings"
International resin artist... As seen in luxe Interiors & Design Southern California Edition. Growing up between two worlds, she was shaped by country living in the South, and sunny days spent at the beach in Southern California. The ocean captivated her heart, inspiring the name 'fiery for deep blue.' Her love of the water is expressed in her ocean-inspired resin paintings on wood panels. It is the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air” that influences Melissa’s artistic expression. Although resin seascapes make up a large portion of the work she does, she also loves to work with other mediums such as watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Creating contemporary pieces with the addition of glitter, metallic, and a bold color palette provides a nice contrast to her serene pieces. Although innately artistic, Melissa received formal training at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. Her work was featured in VoyageLA October 2022, VoyagePhoenix December 2021, SHOUTOUT LA September 2020, VoyageLA July 2019, Arkansas Life Magazine 2016: Artist Spotlight, and was featured in the Special 48th Anniversary edition of Southwest Art Magazine in May 2019. Melissa is a current member of the Orange County Fine Arts Association, Dana Point Fine Art Association, Huntington Beach Art Council, and Laguna Craft Guild.
Current Representation: Elizabeth Benefield Interior Design, Costa Mesa, CA Design Center Associates, To The Trade Showroom, Santa Ana, CA Ginger Rabe Interior Design, Carlsbad, CA Off The Walls Studio Gallery Hollywood, CA Five3 Gallery Laguna Beach, CA Gallery Michele Carefree, AZ Saatchi Art International Singulart International Laguna Art Gallery Gallery 104 Artsy 1stdibs Houzz International Wescover International Salon Platinum Aliso Viejo, CA INDIEWALLS Manhattan, NY Starlight Art Consultancy Savannah, GA Starlight Art Consultancy: Artist Spotlight KAVKA Designs / KAVKA Designs - NY, United States Salon Platinum / Salon Platinum - Aliso Viejo, United States Feathr - Finland
GROUP EXHIBITIONS. 2023 Laguna Craft Guild - Laguna Beach Cobblestones - Jan 15th Foraging / Searching - Showcase Gallery Santa Ana, CA Jan 7th - Feb 3rd 2022 OCFA Membership Competition - Nov 25 - January 6 Laguna Craft Guild - Nov 6 - Laguna Beach Cobblestones, CA DPFAA - Oct 15 / 16 - Dana Point, CA La Jolla Art & Wine Festival - Oct 8 / 9 - La Jolla, CA Laguna Craft Guild - Sept 25th - Laguna Beach Cobblestones, CA Village Art Faire - July 2nd - San Clemente , CA Art in the Village - June 26th - Carlsbad, CA Laguna Craft Guild - June 12th - Laguna Beach Cobblestones, CA Village Art Faire - June 11th San Clemente, CA Cookin Somthin Up - OCFA Showcase Gallery Santa Ana, CA People Places & Things - April 15-July 15th -Marriott Costa Mesa - Hall of Art Imagination Celebration - OCFA - Showcase Gallery Santa Ana, CA Gimme Some Shelter - OCFA - Showcase Gallery Santa Ana, CA Love Notes - OCFA - Showcase Gallery Santa Ana, CA Laguna Craft Guild - Laguna Beach, CA Festival of Whales - DPFAA - Dana Point, CA2019 Laguna Art Gallery / Laguna Art Gallery - Laguna Beach, United States Salon Platinum / Salon Platinum - Aliso Viejo, United States Off The Walls Studio Gallery / Off The Walls Studio Gallery - North Hollywood, United States Hugo Rivera Gallery / Hugo Rivera Gallery - Laguna Beach, United States Five 3 Gallery / Five 3 Gallery - Laguna Beach, United States Gallery 104 / New York - New York, United States KAVKA Designs: NJ / NJ - NJ, United States
2021 Maritime Art Festival - Dane Point, CA Spring Art Festival - Dana Point, CA OCFA / Showcase Gallery / Imagination Celebration - Santa Ana, CA OCFA / Showcase Gallery / Amore - Santa Ana, CA
2020 OCFA Member Competition / Showcase Gallery - Santa Ana, United States Impressive / Las Laguna Gallery - Laguna Beach, United States Laguna Beach Art Walk / Five 3 Gallery - Laguna Beach, United States Laguna Beach Art Walk / Laguna Art Gallery - Laguna Beach, United States The Other Art Fair, Los Angeles / The REEF - Los Angeles, United States Beverly Hills Art Show / Beverly Gardens Park - Beverly Hills, United States AIA Orange County 10th Annual Art Walk / Orange County Museum of Art - Santa Ana, United States Print Paint Draw / Showcase Gallery - Santa Ana, United States G3 Wine Fest / Newport Beach Country Club - Newport Beach, United States Positively 4th Street / Summer in the City / Showcase Gallery - Santa Ana, United States The Meridian of Wind / Showcase Gallery - Santa Ana, United States Spectrum Gestalt 6 / Santa Monica BG Gallery - Santa Monica, United States