"My Love For The Water Is Expressed In My Ocean Inspired Paintings"
International resin artist... 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 guides 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. Melissa’s work was featured in SHOUTOUT LA September 2020: Local Stories, the July 2019 issue of VoyageLA Magazine, Orange County’s Hidden Gems: Local Creatives You Should Know Series, Arkansas Life Magazine 2016: Artist Spotlight, and was featured in the Special 48th Anniversary edition of Southwest Art Magazine May 2019. Her new partnership with a Scandinavian design company, Feathr, captures her ocean seascapes on wallpaper murals. Melissa is a current member of the Orange County Fine Arts Association and the Dana Point Fine Art Association.
Current Representation: Off The Walls Studio Gallery Hollywood, CA Five3 Gallery Laguna Beach, CA Gallery Michele Carefree, AZ Saatchi Art International Singulart International Houzz International Wescover International Salon Platinum Aliso Viejo, CA INDIEWALLS Manhattan, NY Starlight Art Consultancy Savannah, GA Feathr Helsinki, Finland Gather Home Furnishings: SoCo & the Mix Costa Mesa, CA Houzz
Awards: 2019 American Institute of Architect's - Honor Award- Irvine, United States 2015 Suspension, Black Box Gallery- 2nd Place- Conway, United States 2015 Chromesthesia, Black Box Gallery- Honorable Mention- Conway, United States
2020 Starlight Art Consultancy: Artist Spotlight Laguna Art A*Fair / Laguna Art A*Fair - Laguna Beach, United States KAVKA Designs / KAVKA Designs - NJ, United States Salon Platinum / Salon Platinum - Aliso Viejo, United States Off The Walls Studio Gallery / Off The Walls Studio Gallery - North Hollywood, United States
2019 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
Group exhibitions: 2021 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 2018 Laguna Beach Art Walk / Laguna Art Gallery - Laguna Beach, United States 2015 Drawing on the Edge / Gallery 221 - Little Rock, United States
Publications: 2020 The Magazine of Contemporary Art 2019 Voyage LA- Check Out Melissa Renee's Artwork 2019 Southwest Art Magazine 48th Anniversary Edition 2016 Arkansas Life Magazine Gallery Spotlight Gallery 221
Permanent collections: 2016 The Criminal Justice Building, Little Rock, United States 2015 Gallery 221, Little Rock, United States