I am Melissa Smith, and I was born on February 1, 1985.
Big deal. What does the day I was born have anything to do with who I am? Well, I contribute a lot of what made me the person I am today by when and how I lived.
My artistic creativity started when I was a child, as it did for a lot of people. My mom gave me the tools I needed to become something great--not through money or possessions, but by pushing me to use what I had to create my own happiness. My first artistic creation involved the use of puff paint. Yup...I was definitely a child of the 80s. I needed to bring an article of clothing to school to use as an art smock for art class. So, mom pulled out an old button shirt and we got to work puff-painting the best art smock any child could own. My art teacher was absolutely in love with my art smock. I felt a sense of accomplishment, and I felt like I made something that really mattered to somebody else. That feeling was one of the most valuable things I had taken from my childhood. I proudly wore that art smock all through grade school.
I continued creating art over the years, typically doodling on napkins and scrap pieces of paper. Several pieces of my artwork from school were entered in the county fair, from which I regularly brought home first place ribbons. After graduating high school, I went on to become an Emergency Medical Technician, and I continue to passionately enjoy that field.
Around 2005 or so, I began capturing the things around me through film, not only to show the pleasant aspects of the world, but the tragic ones as well. I frequently combine photographs with painting or drawing to form single pieces of art. I love playing around with textures. My style is mainly contemporary with a love for the city life. I love to create abstract pieces based on sounds and emotions, which typically happens while listing to Folk or Indie music. That is not to say that I do not completely idolize music legends such as Sinatra and Springsteen!
My friends call me weird, funny, and spontaneous. I live my life with no regrets, and believe I have become the person I am today because of the things I have endured. My life has thrown me massive hurdles, but I embrace life fully. The best escape from reality is by making art.