Artistic in the District: Part Eight, A Portrait Artist of a Different Kind

Portrait Artist Melissa Marie Haney has a special gift for capturing the spirit of her subjects. The evidence is in the eyes, because after all “the eye is the window of the soul,” Hiram Powers, American sculptor (1805 – 1873) 

“Art was an outlet for all the feelings that I could not express vocally,” Melissa says. “As I have aged, so has my Art. I am self-taught, so I tend to just go with my instincts and ‘eye’ (about) what I think looks good and what works. Hopefully, others will like what I do and get some enjoyment from it.”

 

Shepard by Melissa Haney https://www.facebook.com/pages/ART-by-Melissa-Haney/116396881805816

It is easy to see how Melissa’s subjects capture her interest and her heart.

When I went looking for artists to interview, I did not need to look further than my circle of friends. I have known Melissa since our school days but only discovered her artistic talents when we became Facebook friends.

Melissa began drawing when she was a child. A shy, young girl, Melissa recalls, “animals were my refuge. Ponies, dogs, cats, just about any animal was my friend. I still have pictures I drew as a child. I have always had animals of some kind. Animals touch everyone at some level.”

By Melissa Haney https://www.facebook.com/pages/ART-by-Melissa-Haney/116396881805816

Using a range of mediums,”acrylics, oils, watercolors, and mixed medium are all options,” she says, “it all depends on the subject and what (fascinates me) at the time. I tend to just go with my feelings on which medium will work with the subject.”

Annie by Melissa Haney https://www.facebook.com/pages/ART-by-Melissa-Haney/116396881805816

“Painting is a cathartic ritual for me. It is a stress relief, and a quiet peace from all the chaos. When I am painting, I tune everything else out, and (am) in my own little world for a time.” ─Melissa Haney

Alaskan Dall Ram by Melissa Haney https://www.facebook.com/pages/ART-by-Melissa-Haney/116396881805816

Although Melissa occasionally sells her painting at fairs and markets in the Mid-West, most of her clients come via word of mouth. If you would like more information on her commissioned portraits, please follow the link to her Facebook page. Melissa’s Facebook Artist Page

Thank you for reading!

Blog Favorites

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This week while I decide which direction to go in next, (thinking travel notes based on three years in Italy), I decided to just read everyone else’s blog in blogs I follow and list my weekly favorites to share with all you.

For incredible, ongoing inspiration, I like…

Bucket List Publications:

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/life-is-an-adventure-surf-lessons-in-fiji/

For just plain fun cooking blogs:  Sharky Oven Gloves

http://sharkyovengloves.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/white-chocolate-sloe-gin-cupcakes/

And, because I could not decide:  The Sassy Swan  http://thesassyswan.wordpress.com/author/thesassyswan/

For passionate activism:  Lateral Love Australia www.lateralloveaustralia.wordpress.com

For consistently excellent, purposeful and thought-provoking writing:  The Living Notebook

http://thelivingnotebook.com/2012/11/30/day-30-the-proof/

For amazing and moving photographs:  Canadian Hiking Photography http://hikingphoto.com/

Because it is such a great idea and makes me smile:

Jump For Joy http://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com/

Finally for ‘Chick Humor’ at its best:  Keeping It Real

http://keepingitrealmom.com/2012/11/28/no-consensus-in-the-dressing-room/

I hope you like these blogs.  Please feel free to recommend some of your favorites; I am always looking for good reads.