mixed media, acrylic, & oils
​ALTERED artitude
My name is Melissa.
Welcome to my dream of
     ALTERED artitude. 

I have always dreamed of creating and painting, but it seemed that I forever let life get in the way. You know, homeschooling and being a Domestic Goddess is time consuming! I always thought, "maybe tomorrow"...

Then on August 24, 2015, time stopped. My life stopped. My Domestic Goddess status was relinquished to my mother while I was lying prone in a hospital bed, half numb, partly unresponsive, unable to talk, walk or communicate for some time. But this is a story for another time...

Fast forward to October 2016. I am alive. I can walk. I can talk. I am so very lucky. I realize that WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED TOMORROW.   I want my dream to come true. I want to create. I want to paint.  Now, right now! Today!

Since I have been painting several yesterdays now, let's talk about my work.  I do fun things like tear paper, make funky textures, experiment with new stuff.  I love playing with mixed media. But I also love painting with oils whose textures are so smooth and creamy, like a soft butter. And, bright, colorful acrylics! Such happy colors! I feel my work is fun, spirited, colorful, meaningful, textured, one-of-a-kind and playful. Is it "art"? You decide.  Ultimately, it's about doing what I love!

...Just a glimpse
into what inspires me...

Nature, trees, leaves, storms, wind, rain, lightning, beaches, mountains, water, sandcastles, waves, sunshine, rocks, moss, forests, clouds, skies, lizards, tree frogs, emotions, colors, scents, life experiences, my BFF. Oh, and music. Lots and lots of music!