About Melissa


Hello there! My name is Melissa, but you can call me Mel! I have had pen in hand as a near-constant doodler for over 40 years now, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I began to draw or paint - most days - with intention. Is it cliché to say that I’ve always dreamed of being an artist? Probably, but that’s my story. Fear of failure held me back. But then:  watercolors! I was immediately hooked by their finicky magic and could not put the paintbrush down.

I am self-taught and currently spend each day in my basement studio making up for lost time. The majority of my work is watercolor and acryla gouache, but I want to try it all! At the moment, I am working on bold, graphicky florals and geometric patterns, with the occasional West Virginia landscape for good measure. I try to create something every day. It connects me to others in ways I could not have foreseen, and I think that has been the best part of (finally) living a creative, genuine life.

I live in Charleston, West Virginia with my husband, Steve, dog, Molly, cat, Noelle, and enjoy visits from our 5 adult kids when they are home from their various schools. I am a chatty introvert who loves chocolate, long walks, and art supplies! If you'd like to discuss a commission or collaboration, just drop me an email here!