Melissa Messer is an American realist oil painter born in Houston, 1984 and based in Seattle. A student of the University of Texas at Austin Creative Masters Program, the Juliette Aristides Classical Painting Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, and soon Vincent Desiderio's Center for the Study of Painting in Orvieto, Italy, she has received numerous scholarships and awards. 

Melissa has a diverse arts background in writing and design but training as a classical painter in the style of the Old Masters under Juliette Aristides ultimately changed the course of her life's work. Melissa paints as part of an arising vanguard of artists thoroughly trained in the old ways who approach painting for the for the contemporary world with skill that venerates their observations. 

As an atelier student Melissa showed at the Steele Gallery in Seattle and won Best in Show in a large multi-genre group show while only a second-year student.  Since leaving the atelier Melissa has exhibited twice at the Maryhill Museum in Maryhill, WA while completing private commissions and cultivating a new body of work. 

You can see more of her work and process on Instagram @melissamesserart and read about her experience training and emerging from a classical atelier on her blog Art Monk at

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