I had the honor last year of editing Melissa’s memoir for Gather Insight, a wonderful publisher of spiritual messengers and artist-lights, who have really brought Melissa’s art and life to…well, life. It was really nice looking over the final layout with all the paintings and photos inserted; seeing just the text, I missed half the story, I think.
Melissa is not only a fine painter, psychic, healer, wanderer and small business woman (see her biz Creatrix to get cards, prints, paintings, etc. after you’ve read her story), but also a refreshingly free spirit, and more in tune with her sense of self, both as human and spirit, than I’ve seen in a very long time.
Her life has been one large-scale adventure in art, relationship, sensuality, psychic growth. Never one to compromise what works for her at any moment, she’s moved wherever the spirit has taken her. I do envy her in a way, but I chose my own just slightly more staid path, I suppose.
Not only has she lived and is still living a great tale, she also tells it well. I found this story a pleasure to read as I edited it, and have been inspired to take some of her self-care and self-expression philosophy to heart.
Lots and lots of pictures in this book, but well-balanced with Melissa’s story, and a fine sampling of her work, which has shifted in style (realistic, but often impressionistically so) and subject matter from large-scale portraits to in some ways more intimate landscapes and fantasy-scapes used for inspiration. She also does what she calls “spirit essence portraits,” which I found fascinating.
Well connected to all that is and an excellent chronicler of her own adventures, Melissa is vision quest. I will leave you with her words:
“Looking back at my work, over the years I can see when I was painting out my loneliness, or exploring my sexuality, or celebrating my spiritual awakening. In my paintings I expressed my pain, my love of nature and my own desire for physical beauty.”
You can find Melissa’s book on Amazon.com here.