I Create . . .
Black and white, photo-realistic scratchboard wildlife portraits influenced by wild and endangered species from across the world.
My work lives in the details and scratchboard is perfect for emphasizing the specific and fine details of a creature.
what is scratchboard?
The Short and Simple Answer...
The scratchboard starts BLACK.
There is a layer of WHITE compressed clay underneath the black India ink.
I SKETCH the image with pencil on the board first.
I use abrasive tools to SCRATCH the black away.
Scratches are LAYERED over one another.
Different tools and techniques allow me to create specific TEXTURES.
You've Got Questions - I've Got Answers
On The Blog...
The inside look at my fine art business, deep dives into my techniques and processes, scratchboard lessons and tutorials, personal stories and updates, business tips and resources for other artists looking to build strong and sustainable creative businesses, and information about conservation issues and special initiatives within my business.
My husband and I found Melissa at a local art fair. We love animals and anything black and white, so as you know, Melissa’s work is breathtaking. As soon as I saw online that she offered custom pet ornaments, as a surprise, I ordered one of my husband’s Australian Shepherd. I emailed her to ask a few questions and she was prompt, friendly, and provided simple clarifications. Once it was ready, she emailed the proof for me to approve.
When it arrived, the packaging was beautiful and environmentally friendly, with a professional, yet personal touch. My husband absolutely loved it and it will be a cherished gift forever.
Thank you Melissa!
for supporting my small business. Our family is grateful for each and every one of you!