The Artist


melissa-smith-artist-fairhope-alI grew up on the Gulf Coast in Venice, Florida and studied at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale.

My love, and sometimes I think “my curse”, is detail. I do graphite portraits of people and painstakingly detailed pen and inks. Ironically I admire the casual loose style of impressionist art because it is so opposite of what I do.

Furthermore, having grown up on boats (literally) and spent much of my life around them, I am attracted to charts, maps or anything related. Perhaps my travels on the water from a young age helped develop my insatiable curiosity for all that surrounds me.