All About Me | Melissa Helene

Scratchboard + Wildlife Artist  |  Adventurer + Conservation Ally

Artist Statement

By focusing on the minute details that make every being unique, you capture the very essence of their soul. As an artist, I strive to capture the true nature of the people, creatures, and lands that together make up the breath-taking world that surrounds us. My work represents individuals as they are, finding beauty in everything they are and everything they represent. There is magnificence in all things, but we must stop + take a minute to appreciate it.   


My fine art scratchboard work is inspired by endangered species and wild places.  This high contrast, hyper-detailed medium is perfect for wildlife portraits and expansive landscapes.  My work is photo realistic, highly detailed and exclusively black and white.  Each piece starts with the eyes - a creature's soul - and progresses in layers outward.

My goal as an artist is to create a collection of work that speaks to people from below the surface, challenging them to see nature in a new way, and make them take another look at not only the pieces themselves, but how they interact with the world.  My personal goal as an artist is to build a sustainable business that allows me to dedicate my time and energy to creating work that makes a significant contribution to the art world and protection of all things wild.

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I am an artist living and working in the Midwest.  I am an uncredentialed artist who has been learning and growing as an artist for over 15 years in a variety of mediums.  I am an Active member of the International Society for Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), Associate member of the association of American Women Artists and the Society of Animal Artists.

Melissa Helene Fine Arts and Photography, launched in January 2015, is dedicated to using art and creative expression to raise awareness of wildlife, wild places, and conservation issues to help protect the very places and creatures that most inspire my work.  One of my biggest business goals is to create interesting, new ways to raise awareness of critical wildlife issues and make concrete contributions to the world of wildlife and wild place conservation.

Fun Facts​ 

  • I am the fourth of five children

  • I have four nephews and two nieces

  • I love cheeseburgers, tacos, and all desserts

  • Ice cream is my life!

  • I am an athlete...volleyball, rollerblading, hiking/backpacking

  • I love organization and color-coding

  • I read National Geographic every month (okay, sometimes it's three magazines all at once...but they get read)

  • I am trying to go as plastic-free as possible

  • I love hiking and backpacking in the beautiful National Parks

  • I'm a little clumsy and get a lot of bruises

Harry Potter | LOVE

I LOVE Harry Potter!  I've read all 7 books more times than I can count and have watched all 8 movies even more than that!  It is a self-proclaimed obsession!  I am not ashamed! Yes, I have HP clothing, decorations, jewelry, and assorted memorabilia.

Food Lover

I love ice cream more than any other food - chocolate is a close second. I love trying new foods, but will always be happy with my classic comfort foods.

Adventure + Hiking | Wildlife

I will try just about anything once + live for new adventures. Put me on a dirt path any day and I'm happy!

I am a lifelong conservation learner and dedicated to educating myself and others about important issues!

Hands of an Artist

One of my favorite parts of being an artist is that on any given day my hands could look like this and they often do, though not with chalk anymore, just scratchboard ink.  I love digging in and getting my hands dirty - literally + figuratively.


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