PROFESSIONAL NEWS: 

  • I am happy to be one of the featured artists in Local Color Gallery’s “Color Theory” 4th Anniversary art show. I will have ten paintings on exhibit, which will run the month of April, 2019, in my hometown of Fayetteville, AR.

  • I am pleased to announce that two of my art pieces, “Cloud Burst” (Aquatic Portraiture Gallery) and “Elizabeth’s Moonbeams” (both in the Aquatic Portraiture gallery) have been juried into the Courage Kenny Foundation’s “Art of Possibilities” Art Show & Sale in Minneapolis, MN. The Art Show will run from April 25, 2019 - May 17, 2019.

  • It was wonderful to learn that my painting “Carnation Party” (Nature Gallery) has been juried into the “Women in Art” Exhibition by Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. The “Women in Art” exhibit will run the month of March, 2019.

  • It was a pleasure to find out that my painting “Candy Canes” (Abstract Art Gallery) was juried into the online Third Annual “Colors” Competition by Fusion Art gallery in Palm Springs. The “Colors” exhibit will run the month of February, 2019.

  • I am pleased to have learned that my fish paintings “Cavern” (Nature Gallery) and “Water Freedom” (Nature Gallery) have been juried into the art show “Menagerie - Wild & Wonderful” by The Contemporary Art Exchange gallery in Washington, NC. The exhibit will run in February, 2019, in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Wildlife Arts Festival.

  • I am honored to have my painting “Autumn Leaves” (Nature Gallery) selected by the Open Journal of Arts & Letters to illustrate the wonderful short story “Wishing Birds” by Debra Groves Harman. The link to the story is: http://ojalart.com/literary-arts/short-story-debra-groves-hartmans-wishing-birds/

  • I am happy to have been named “Artist of the Month” for January, 2019 by the Dysautonomia Support Network. Here is a link to their blog article: https://www.dysautonomiasupport.org/single-post/2019/01/11/Artist-of-the-Month--Melissa-M

  • I feel honored that my art piece, “Flora & Fauna” (Aquatic Portrait Gallery) has been selected in December, 2018 for an Award by a panel of judges in the EveryLife Foundation’s 2018 Rare Artist contest. This was in the Adult Digital Art/Photography category. The Rare Artist contest is one entered by artists who have (or are associated with people who have) rare diseases which, by the fact of being rare, are often overlooked by medical researchers, medical providers, and medical funding. The purpose of it is to raise awareness. My rare, neurological disease is Dysautonomia and is discussed more at length in the bio section below.

  • I am glad to learn that my art piece titled “A Mad Tea Party” (Aquatic Portrait Gallery) has been juried into the Small Works Art Exhibit hosted by Stage Eighteen Gallery. The exhibit will run from December 2018 - February 2019.

  • I am happy to have been interviewed about my art by the Dysautonomia Support Network. My art would not exist except for having become physically disabled by this neurological disorder. My message to anyone facing Life Challenges of any type is “Never give up hope”. Here is a link to that October, 2018 interview: https://www.dysautonomiasupport.org/single-post/2018/10/10/When-Art-Opens-Doors

  • I have illustrated a short story for the September 2018 Issue of the Mensa Bulletin magazine. I enjoyed reading it very much and hope my illustration has done it justice. (See Commercial Work Gallery)

  • I am pleased to announce that my art piece titled "Water Freedom" (Nature Gallery) has been juried into the 2018 ANA Regional Art Show.

  • I am likewise pleased to share that my art pieces titled "Elizabeth's Moonbeams" (Aquatic Portrait Gallery) and “A Soft Landing” (Abstract Art Gallery) will be included in the Winter 2018-19 issue of Studio Visit magazine, a series of juried artist books produced by the publishers of New American Paintings. Studio Visit is a platform for artists to introduce their work to an audience of art world professionals on a national scale (2000 art galleries and art curators). The Winter volumes (nos. 43 and 44) were jurored by Francine Weiss PhD, Senior Curator at the Newport Art Museum ( https://francineweiss.weebly.com ). Over 1000 individuals entered the competition and I was one of 350 artists who have been invited to participate.


Addressing the audience at the Rare Artist Award Reception, February 2019, in Washington, DC. They asked award winners to keep the speeches to two minutes. I grinned and said “No problem, I can only stand up for 5.” As you can see, I am one of those people who cannot seem to speak without gesturing with their hands. :-)  The Rare Artist annual competition is for artists with rare diseases. Its purpose is to raise awareness for those rare diseases which oftentimes get overlooked when it comes to medical research and physician education. My art piece “Flora & Fauna” was among 350 entries. I felt very honored to be among the eight artists selected for an Award. This was me doing my bit to help raise awareness for my rare disease of Dysautonomia.

Addressing the audience at the Rare Artist Award Reception, February 2019, in Washington, DC. They asked award winners to keep the speeches to two minutes. I grinned and said “No problem, I can only stand up for 5.” As you can see, I am one of those people who cannot seem to speak without gesturing with their hands. :-)

The Rare Artist annual competition is for artists with rare diseases. Its purpose is to raise awareness for those rare diseases which oftentimes get overlooked when it comes to medical research and physician education. My art piece “Flora & Fauna” was among 350 entries. I felt very honored to be among the eight artists selected for an Award. This was me doing my bit to help raise awareness for my rare disease of Dysautonomia.