Where I am
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I was born and raised in west Michigan and have lived in Grant almost my whole life. I was home schooled and graduated high school in 2008. I am active in my local church and 4-H club, and I will be showing in the Newaygo County Agricultural Fair this year.
When did you first start drawing horses?
I have been drawing horses for as long as I can remember, but I deceided that I wanted to be a professional artist when I was 12, and when I was 14 I started drawing people’s horses for them, and that is what I prefer to do, is draw portraits of other peoples horses.
What is your favorite breed?
I don’t really have one, I like a lot of breeds for different reasons and can’t really compare them. I currently own and Paint and a mini.
Do you (or did you) have an animal that is the muse behind your work?
No, its just horses that inspire me. I think apart from people they are God’s most beautiful creation and I just love to study them.
Do you have any secret rituals you do to help you get in the zone for your art?
Not that I can think of. Although my favorite place to draw is in my bedroom with the radio on.
Is there a particular place that brings you inspiration?
Being outside and around horses inspires me. I can spend hours just watching them graze in the back pasture.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on art in general?
I think it will really help artists advertise and it makes it easier for a prespective client to see your art work without taking a road trip.
Has it had an effect on yours?
Yes, it is much easier to point people to my website when they want to see my art, then to drag a drawing around with me.
Which one is your personal favorite piece?
This drawing of Iris.
Would you ever sell it?
I can’t it was a gift to my cousin, I drew it in memory of her horse.
What else are you passionate about?
Well I really enjoy riding and training horses, I am also very passionate about my Christian faith and I thank God for giving me my artist talents.
I am also an author, My sister and I have written a fantasy book for teenagers, “Seven Candles, the Reclaiming of Haven” it was published and released on July 1st 2008, you can go to www.thereclaiming.com to find out more.
Working on anything new?
Yes, I am always working on new drawings, just keep an eye on my website.
More to Come
Thanks to Melissa for answering the interview and sharing her art. Be sure to check out her art website for updates about her latest works.
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