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Melissa is a mother, wife, visual artist and certified teacher. Born and raised in Spokane, WA, she now resides in Richland, WA with her husband, two children and pup. She earned her M.A. in Education from Eastern Washington University in 2011 and B.A. in Fine Arts from Washington State University in 2006. During her time at WSU, she studied in Florence, Italy and traveled Europe. It was there, she began exhibiting her work - painting, sculpture and fashion illustration. Melissa continues to produce work from her home-studio in Richland, WA.

Melissa has first-hand witnessed the power of Art Therapy and aims to share her experience with the world. The creative process can have a transformative effect. These benefits occur from not only creating art, but experiencing it as well. Art influences brain wave patterns, emotions and the nervous system. By doing so, art is proven to raise serotonin levels.


The idea that we can experience art, without creating it is a reoccurring theme throughout Melissa's work.

Her mission is simple: to help others tap into their own unique truth through the conduit of art and vulnerability.




The Why is a 30 minute presentation focused on The Power of Vulnerability.


Melissa explores The Power of Vulnerability in relation to mental health. 

Regardless of age or gender, participants will leave The Why feeling empowered and introspective.

Please enquire below for pricing and availability. 


"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson




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