True Colors March 2019 Guest Artist: Melissa Doty

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I have been a rampant doodler for over 40 years now, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I began to draw or paint - most days - with intention. Is it cliché to say that I’ve always dreamed of being an artist? Probably, but that’s my story. Fear of failure held me back. But then: watercolors! I was immediately hooked by their finicky magic and could not put the paintbrush down.

I am self-taught and currently spend each day in my basement studio making up for lost time. The majority of my work is watercolor and acryla gouache, but I want to try it all! At the moment, I am working on bold, graphic style florals and geometric patterns, with the occasional West Virginia landscape for good measure.

I try to create something every day. It connects me to others in ways I could not have foreseen, and I think that has been the best part of (finally) living a creative, genuine life.

I live in Charleston, West Virginia with my husband, Steve, dog, Molly, cat, Noelle, and the two out of our five kids who still live at home. 

Read all about Melissa on the Spotlight Blog Post….

Kellee Conrad