Melissa still puts her degree and work experience to use, though. She finds much of her inspiration for her current creations through interior design. “I love looking through magazines and going to decorators’ show houses,” she says. “I study the fabrics and the paint colors, and then it just flows out when I paint.”
What she describes as a simple flow eventually becomes a canvas bursting with not only brilliant color, but layers of texture. Working on her grandfather’s four-decades-old easel, Melissa paints around 10 pieces at a time and finishes each within two weeks. Using mainly her palette knife, she layers textured media and paint colors to create patterns and movement that represent whatever she’s feeling at the moment. She finishes the piece by smoothing out the edges with a brush. Though abstract in style, her works are calming and serene and add a dramatic focal point to any space.
More recently, Melissa expanded her painting palette to include not only canvas, but also glass—wine glasses, that is. “I was sipping wine and painting one night thinking of adding something new and fun to my art,” she recalls. “I saw that I’d gotten paint on my glass and then tried adding a few brush strokes.” It wasn’t long after that fateful moment that she expanded her collection. Within six months, her glasses sold out at the Neiman Marcus Spotlight on Art in an Atlanta pop-up gallery. “I love that I can provide a wide price point for everyone through my art,” she says.
You can find Melissa’s canvas art in galleries around the Southeast, and her canvases and wine glasses are available on her website.