Melissa Adkison is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Marin Society of Artists, the California Watercolor Association. the San Diego Watercolor Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society and a graduate of Fine Arts at UC Santa Barbara. She has been painting professionally since 1985. Melissa paints in most media, but specializes in watermedia. Her works in Gouache demonstrate her love of portraits, landscapes and her creative drive towards abstraction.
Melissa lived in Boulder, Colorado from 1981 until 1987, where she studied art with Charles Ott, and her usual subject matter was still life and urban settings. Since then, she has been living and working in Novato, California . She studied for two years with Wally Hedrick, and her subject matter migrated to include life commentaries and self-expression.
Melissa’s paintings are owned by collectors throughout the country. She has been a consistent award winner throughout her career, having received awards at juried shows including the Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition, the California State Fair, the Triton Art Museum (Santa Clara, CA) biennial Statewide Annual Art Show, the Grand Junction National Art Exhibition, the Central City Art Festival and the Longmont Art Show.
Her work has been accepted into other juried national and international shows, including American Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, the National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, and the National Watercolor Society Exhibition, the Louisiana International Watercolor Society Annual Exhibitions, the San Diego International Watercolor Exhibitions, and National Watercolor Exhibitions in Ohio, Alabama, and Tubac, Arizona. Her “Purples First” painting was published in the book “Best of Watercolor: Composition.”