As a lifelong artist, Melissa uses her creative practice as a grounding outlet for her boundless energy. Especially when it connects her with the people she loves. She is most often painting visionary portraiture with realistic human and animal forms, then adorning them with bright colors and decorative patterns. She also loves to dabble in pure abstraction, make sculptures with found objects and do intricate and repetitive tasks such as sewing and digital work. Her absolute favorite is body painting, which incorporates all of the above. However, as an artist with no definitive style, she urges viewers to expect the unexpected.