About My Art
I picked up a paint brush about 12 years ago and discovered my affinity for watercolors. I love exploring with mixed media and experimenting with textures in my paintings.
I have won numerous awards for my art and I have been a member of the Shoals Artist Guild and of the Tennessee Valley Art Center in Tuscumbia, AL. I have studied art under several well known instructors and try to take art workshops whenever I can. I currently paint with a group of incredible Artists at Bethel Church in Redding, CA.
The Purpose of My Art
& More Information
In my art I want to portray the heart of God for the "least of these". His hurting heart carries GRIEF and COMPASSION but also carries HOPE, LOVE, LIFE, PROMISES, and POSSIBILITES that overpower the grief. With my art I want to bring awareness of the furious love that heals all hurts for these people whether they may be orphans, prostitutes, abandoned, stolen or broken. I want to stir others to ask the question "What am I doing to BE the FURIOUS CARRIER of that HOPE, LOVE, LIFE, PROMISE and POSSIBILITY to redirect someone back to their destiny?
If you would like to talk to me about a custom painting then you can contact me through the link on this website. I would be happy to create a painting for you. To purchase anything else just click on the buy links by the item you want to purchase. Feel free to browse the site and enjoy the artwork. If the original is not for sale you can order giclee prints that are second to none against the original. Note cards of the paintings are available for most of the paintings. You can order various products featuring my work on them through cafepress.com/melissaart.
My Experience in Art
I was an accomplised Sugar Artist for more than 15 years and owned my own specialty bakery and catering store for 3 years.
I have taught cake decorating, candy making, and stamp art classes at a local Hobby Lobby.
I taught art classes at a local Home School group. And in previous years have held an art camp for young children.
I have been accepted into several juried art shows and have won numerous ribbions for my art.
I have participated in several juried art shows such as Arts Alive and The Hellen Keller Festival with great success.
My art graces the CD of I Have Hope by Brian Hill.
My art has been featured in the newspaper several times.
My art has sold at auctions for Adoption and Orphan Relief in fundraisers for Holt International, Love Without Borders and others.
My art graces the cover of Dr. Shirley Holland's book, Woman, From the Beginning.
My Artist Statement
Surprisingly, there are times that I have no words, but I have a colorful palette and some paintbrushes. As a song writer grasp for words yto portray the stirrings of their heart, I grasp for color, design, symbols and textures to express the beauty, love, hope and life that Jesus offer to the forgotten and neglected. Often times, I am surprised by the story that surfaces as the painting evolves. Having been raised in a third world country, as well as beign a mother of ten kids, nine of which are adopted internationally and traveling the world extensively I am drawn to portray the images I have encountered in my experiences along with the message of hope in my work. I have come to realize that my art is a gift entrusted to me by God to create breakthrough in other's lives. With each stroke of my brush I can give a voice to the forgotten and lonely, cry out for justice for the neglected and abused, give hope and healing to a wounded heart, ignite other with passion to intervene for a lost soul and to petition my loving Father to release the messengers of fire and wind from his throne, and to attend to those that are abandoned and hurting.
Shop around and know that with each of your purchases you have helped raised awareness about these issues as well as helped a hurting heart.
-Blessings, Melissa :)
All work is copyrighted and you must have permission of the artist to use the art in any form or fashion.