photo by Rimas Zailskas
Melissa started her art journey looking for a new career path. She quickly came to realize that creative pursuits were calling to her. Now, her art flows out organically.
Here’s our full interview with Melissa in her own words:
How did you get started creating your pieces?
I was in publishing for several years and was very unhappy. I started taking extension classes at UCLA to try to find a different career path. Initially I wanted to be a color consultant, helping companies decide which colors to use for their logos and products. But I started painting and drawing in my classes and it felt amazing to tap into that part of my brain again. I realized that I had to do something creative.
What’s the favorite part of your work/what you make?
I really enjoy painting the tiny details. I like that they aren't seen right away and once you look closer you can discover them.
How do you express your creativity through your work?
Well, my style has changed quite a lot over the years. I used to sketch everything out beforehand and lay out the color palette using Pantone swatches. But now my style is more loose. I just let the organic shapes of the base painting tell me where to go.
What brings you joy?
Obviously, painting and creating. I also love learning new art techniques. But my son also brings me great joy. He is so different from me and I marvel at how confident he is. It's a beautiful thing to see.
What challenge(s) have you overcome?
Social media is very difficult for me. But unfortunately, with a small business, it's a necessity. I post as much as I can but resent having to do it. All I want to do is paint! Lol!
Anything exciting in the works/coming up for you?
I just released my newest collection, "reunited". These paintings were inspired by the world opening back up and getting to see friends and family again. I know we're not out of the woods yet but it's so much better than last year.
What do you wish for the world?
I certainly hope we have this pandemic under control soon.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Thank you for this! And Happy Holidays!