About Melissa Messer


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, Juliette Aristides Classical Painting Atelier at 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 under Juliette Aristides ultimately changed the course of her life's work. Melissa paints as part of a vanguard of artists thoroughly trained in traditional methods 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. 

Instagram @melissamesserart for new works in progress and other art inspiration.
Read about her experience training in and emerging from a classical atelier on her blog Art Monk at melissamesserart.blog

Press Links
🎧listen — Podcast Interview on Musings with Montse, May 2019

📖read — Interview with Project Girl Crush, June 2018
📚learn — My lesson on drawing featured in Juliette Aristides’ fifth book The Beginning Drawing Atelier
🆕magazine publication — My painting “The Florist” appears in For Women Who Roar (print magazine) Issue #2 June 2019
📚learn — Layout and design for Juliette Aristides’ fourth book Lessons in Classical Painting
🔜listen soon — For Women Who Roar Podcast, August 2019

Artwork is available unless noted as private collection or commissioned. Ask about artwork, prints, and commissions or say hello below:

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