Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

fine art encaustic paintings for the nature inspired collector

A soul's wanderings

original encaustic painting

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its the journey not the goal

30x40, framed

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beauty is
within

24x30, framed

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the start of a new life

24x30, framed

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bravery is an adventure

11x14, framed

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A Courageous Walk

8x10, framed

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Stand true & Be bold

11x14, framed

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healed

11x14, framed

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Always forward

16x20, framed

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there is always peace

16x20, framed

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We all have hidden depths

8x10, framed

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light your own path

8x10, framed

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healing is quiet & slow

11x14, framed

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courage is within you

11x14, framed

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you are clarity & light

8x10, framed

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follow your intuition & play

8x10, framed

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The Place That Calls To You

11x14, framed

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A graceful balance for all things

11x14, framed

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unexpected
bliss

11x14, framed

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you are where you need to be

11x14, framed

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a dance with
joy

11x14, framed

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life is
playful

11x14, framed

stand tall & bold

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SIZE
11X14

PRICE
$130

Adventure into the big. bold places of nature and you will suddenly feel small. Quaint. You feel both awed and humbled by such vibrant things. The smells. The colors. The whispers of a world that is so much bigger than we ever realized. In nature scenes, where trees stand upon the landscape and have withstood the other elements that bark at their door, I find that I am inspired to stand tall and think more boldly about the purpose of my life. How can we stand up tall and stand our ground, yet be open to anything that comes our way? How can we be quiet and listen to the still small voice within us, yet take up space with our authentic voice? These are the questions I ponder, when I walk upon the sand dunes, and when I bring their inspiration back into my studio.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Stand True And Be Bold was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

A Courageous Walk

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SIZE
8x10

PRICE
$110

April of 2020 was one of the most devastating months of my life. Yes, the worldwide pandemic was hitting, and everyone was in lockdown, but that is not the incident that rendered me feeling broken and lost. I began suffering from PTSD and repeated trauma. For those of you who have experienced this, please know that you are some of the bravest people I know to walk courageously out your front door every day to face a world like ours.

I had a hard time stepping outside the safety of my home. I would have panic attacks every time I tried to walk down my driveway. But as the days and weeks went by, I began to slowly unravel and unfreeze. Every day, I mentally worked on being able to leave my house and was able to progress farther and farther into my yard, and therefore into an unknown and uncertain place.

This picture, with the sunlight streaming through, was taken at seven in the morning, on the first day that I was able to walk out of my driveway, without having a panic attack. This tree was located past my driveway. Every morning when I started my walk outside of the house, I fixed that tree as a focal point ahead of me, wishing that someday I would have the strength to overcome the trauma and therefore, finally walk far enough to reach this splendid maple. And one day, I finally did.

The sun came through the leaves in gorgeous rays. Everything was quiet. It felt like the world had stilled, mimicking the quietness that I so desperately longed for in my heart and soul. This tree, and this encaustic painting, in particular, is one of the most soulful pieces I have created. It marks the very beginning of my journey to overcome PTSD and the courage that it takes to face your trauma every single day and to do it with a joy-filled heart.

Dear friend, if you know what it feels like to have anxiety, trauma, panic attacks, or PTSD, please know that there is nothing wrong with you. There is nothing to be fixed. You are not broken. You are whole and beautiful, and have courage deep within you that is intrinsically yours. Today is your day. And I love you for your struggles and your scars.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 8x10 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

A Courageous Walk was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

bravery is an adventure

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SIZE
11X14

PRICE
$130

What is bravery? What does it look like? What does it taste like? Brene Brown writes "Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” For me, bravery has become a state of BEING that has allowed me to reach deep within my soul, to find things that I love about myself and my world. This image was originally shot on film, on a blustery storm-filled day. When the days are grey, or the rain begins to spoil the sunshine, I find that bravery can be a tool that allows us to get up and take that next step forward. This process can be playful. Fun. Adventurous. 

Bravery Is An Adventure captures a single moment of sunshine that occurred right after a huge fall storm when the Gales of November tumbled across Lake Michigan. Brave the storm my friend. Light always follows.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Bravery Is An Adventure was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

There is always peace

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SIZE
16x20

PRICE
$150

It was the dead of winter. Snow had gathered amongst the sand dunes, thicker in areas where Lake Michigan's gusty winds could not reach. In a time when most people hibernate away, I found peace and stillness in this hidden-away sandy shoreline. It was an unexpected adventure, to find such beauty in a season that can often be dark and harsh. "There Is Always Peace" is a reminder to see the beauty in your shadow and to be grateful for each moment of life, regardless of whether it met your expectations or not.

This larger painting embraces warmth, comfort, and fills the space with the reminder that deep within us, there is always peace that we can reach with our fingertips.

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An original encaustic painting. This piece is 16x20 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

There Is Always Peace was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

Always forward

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SIZE
16x20

PRICE
$150

Always Forward is a simple mantra that I use on a daily basis. It speaks to making decisions that seem simple, but often are not easy. For me, I have felt most in alignment with my true self, when I am following my intuition forward. It is one of the hardest pursuits of a lifetime, to shed the old conditioning that other people put upon us. But to stand up and to take the path of our own happiness, regardless of what anyone else thinks, is pure courage. Always Forward, my friend. May you live in joy, listening to the small intuitive voice whispering your step in your soul. The path is laid before you. Will you step with me?

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An original encaustic painting. This piece is 16x20 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Always Forward was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

healed

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

Standing on the edge of a sand dune, one feels both small and bold. Finite and infinite. There is something so beautiful, so peaceful when you can survey both land and sea, and feel the magic and majesty of the world around you. May this painting bring you endless amounts of serenity and stillness, in a world that can be rife with to-do lists, stresses, and demands on you. Look into these carefully crafted waves and know, that your life is your own. And that this world was made for you.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Healed was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

healing is quiet & slow

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

Once or twice a year in northern Michigan, we experience a winter storm that covers the land in a vast amount of snow in only a few short hours. The pine boughs bow to the majesty of the snow's weight. The world is completely still. Even modern technology, phones, and electricity come to a standstill. In these still & quiet moments, we connect so completely and viscerally with nature and realize that the fast modern world is not for us. Without the basics, we do simple and slow things. Read books. Play more with the children. Sit down as a family with a board game that had collected dust over the years. And something inside of us - that lost piece that feels so empty in modern society - begins to heal.

When we embrace the majesty and power of nature and therefore reject the modern world that tells us we need "more more more" to be happy, we become closer to the truest version of our soul. We begin to heal. And this process is beautiful, slow, and graceful.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Healing Is Quiet & Slow was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

Light Your Own Path

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SIZE
8x10

PRICE
$110

A Lighthouse creates a beacon of light that stretches across the land and sea, lighting the pathway in sunshine, darkness, and shadow. It is the way-shower. The light-bringer. The gateway. The guardian.

Your path is always lit before you, friend. It is laid at your feet. 

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 8x10 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Light Your Own Path was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

we all have hidden depths

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SIZE
8x10

PRICE
$110

This photograph was taken while standing on the edge of a sand dune, overlooking the most translucent, freshwater I've ever seen. Every rock, crevice, and depth revealed in the crystal water below me. Was I 100 feet up? 200? It felt like I was both flying and rooted in the earth. It was beautiful in ways that words almost cannot convey. When I see the finished encaustic piece hanging, I am transported back to this moment of pure reverence for such a gorgeous world around me.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 8x10 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

We All Have Hidden Depths was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

follow your intuition & play

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8x10

PRICE
$110

This piece is very special to me because it signifies a dramatic shift from the "old" me, to the "new" me. The old version of myself (one that still makes an appearance here and again) is very results and achievement-driven. This girl would not have stopped her mission, to go outside and play. She would not have stopped in the middle of the workday, because she suddenly spotted a tree that inspired her, as it loomed over winter waves against the shores of Lake Michigan. She would have said that she "didn't have time." Or she "has too much on her plate." Or she's "too busy."

But after years of feeling burnout, I realized that there was so much more to life than success. Like playing in the summertime with friends. Going for walks with no agenda or phone. Hiking barefoot for other reasons than to ground oneself to the majesty of nature.

This film image was taken in the middle of a "work" day, simply because I spotted a magnificence and inspiring scene. I listened to the small voice inside that said to go out and adventure, explore, revel. So I did. It was playful and fun. When I look upon this encaustic painting, all I see is the quest for discovering magic both within ourselves and the natural world around us. The way we get in touch with this inner child is by following our intuition and playing. This journey is beautiful!

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An original encaustic painting. This piece is 8x10 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Follow Your Intuition & Play was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

You Are Clarity & Light

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SIZE
8x10

PRICE
$110

You are clarity & light.

You are loved.

You are enough.

You are full of purpose.

You are meant for wonderful things.

You are you. And you are beautiful.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 8x10 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

You Are Clarity & Light was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

Courage is within me

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

 You have courage within you, friend. 

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen" - Brene Brown

After spending almost a year suffering from PTSD and constant panic attacks, I began to utilize the beauty of nature to heal from a very harsh outside experience. On the morning that this image was photographed, I took my first hike after my biggest panic attack. I walked alone with my dog Charlie, and together, I took my first steps towards healing. The pathway was almost completely hidden by snow. The tree branches were so heavy, they created a cave-like roof over the track. It was beautiful and peaceful enough to bring a little solace into the stress that was within.

I am incredibly proud of this encaustic painting because it signifies true courage in spite of PTSD and anxiety that was almost debilitating for a whole year of my life.

Courage is peaceful and slow. It shows up in both small and large canvases. Please know, friend, that this picture is one that is inspired by the courage that is within us all.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Courage Is Within Me was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

unexpected bliss

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

 The unexpected slumber of thousands of grapevines lies beneath the earth. Sleeping. Waiting for growth. But always present. Always humble. Always graceful. So too, is bliss. Bliss - joy - is always present for you. Regardless of what has happened to you in your life, I find comfort in knowing that life is made for you, not against you. It may come in unexpected forms. It might look, feel, and taste different. But joy is innate to you. You are meant to experience your bliss, friend.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Unexpected Bliss was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

A graceful balance in all things

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

A grove of trees balanced precariously on the edge of sand dunes. Their strength has withstood gale winds, storms that ripped out weaker predecessors, and mother nature's greatest. It is a message that when we are deeply rooted in our purpose, nothing can stand in our way. You are alive with power. Your purpose is whatever you say it is. And no one can ever stand in your way.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

A Graceful Balance In All Things was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

the place that calls to you

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

A grove of trees balanced precariously on the edge of sand dunes. Their strength has withstood gale winds, storms that ripped out weaker predecessors, and mother nature's greatest. It is a message that when we are deeply rooted in our purpose, nothing can stand in our way. You are alive with power. Your purpose is whatever you say it is. And no one can ever stand in your way.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

A Graceful Balance In All Things was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

life is playful

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

Life is playful.

Don't you think?

Surely, we are meant to run, to frolic, to laugh.

Who said we were meant to be so serious about life as adults? What rules are these?

I say we break the rules. We play. We run until we fall. In fact, we laugh and find merriment whenever we do fall. Children do not care about successes or failure. They just do. They just are. 

So let's play friends. No need to take life so seriously.

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

Life Is Playful was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

a dance with joy

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

"I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human." - Orion Mountain Dreamer

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

A Dance With Joy was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

you are where you need to be

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SIZE
11x14

PRICE
$130

"I want to know
if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

 - Orion Mountain Dreamer

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 11x14 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

You Are Where You Need To Be was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

the start of a new life

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SIZE
24x30

PRICE
$450

 "I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
"Yes."
- Orion Mountain Dreamer

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 24x30 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

The Start Of A New Life was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

beauty lies within

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SIZE
24x30

PRICE
$450

 "I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
"Yes."
- Orion Mountain Dreamer

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 24x30 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

The Start Of A New Life was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

it's the journey not the goal

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SIZE
30x40
PRICE
$600

 "It doesn't interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
if you will risk
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive."
- Orion Mountain Dreamer

LOGISTICS

An original encaustic painting. This piece is 30x40 and is framed in a maple wood shadow box frame, ready to hang in your home.

This piece started with medium format film and printed in my home studio with bamboo photo rag paper. Next, hot beeswax, mixed slightly with encaustic resin and oil paint, is brushed on and cured, before being scraped back to reveal the film print. Texture and oil paints are added on top for contrast, color, and depth. The encaustic medium creates a gorgeously cloudy, ethereal feel to the painting, bringing a magical sense of wonder and serenity to your home.

The paint is currently curing. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery, to ensure the utmost care and quality.

It's The Journey Not The Goal was created as a part of A Soul's Wanderings Collection. Each piece has been named from the life lesson that I embraced as each painting was created. Learn more about the inspiration, the healing process that inspired this collection, and the poem that led me to find peace and clarity in the most turbulent year of my life HERE.

Your support and purchase of this piece have enabled a new life for me and my beloveds. From my heart to your home, please know that these pieces are sent into the world and into your life with so much love, gratitude, and honor. Thank you, truly. Deeply. Boldly.

Love, Melissa

A Soul's wanderings

Jasmine, Photogrpaher

Simply amazing! Love her work. They create such a range of emotion and are beautiful, interesting, mysterious, calming

"Simply amazing! Love her work."