|Melissa's journey to
creativity began when she was a small child in the fifties. Her
grandfather was a talented amateur cartoonist; her aunt a renowned
pastel portrait artist. Her father was a dedicated and inventive
color scientist who won the US National Inventor of the Year award in
Her mother was a 'teacher of teachers'
who knew when to guide creativity and when to let it blossom---and whose
passionate love of life was centered in nature. Among other things, she was a 'rockhound'
who loved to discover natural gems and took a rock pick on every expedition!
this environment, Melissa
began with drawing, progressed to
painting, found an early love of photography, and majored in Studio Art and English at Mount Holyoke College.
After graduation, Melissa continued
photographing and painting for fun, but financial
responsibilities led creativity to be expressed in more practical
-designing the American Freedom Train, part of the American national
-working in marketing with advertising agencies to
consumer products and marketing plans for Richardson-Vicks;
-designing, structuring and fielding test market plans for new
with Burke Marketing Research International.
her colorful 'resume' here
More recently, Melissa has spent 26
years as a spiritually-based psychotherapist and life coach, working
with clients to enhance life opportunities (find the bold and colorful!)
and develop creative solutions to life challenges. Her clients describe her work with them as "
Intuitive~ Warm~ Passionate~ Supportive~ Challenging~
Spiritual~ Joyful~ Outrageous"
Melissa has studied at the Silvermine
Guild School of Art, the Creative Arts Workshop and the Glass Source,
among others. Her passion and creative focus is Mother
Nature--landscapes, humanscapes, natural materials, including
semi-precious gemstones. And she gathers these images and visions while
kayaks, and travels the US and the world, with
camera in hand; -paints in oil and
pastel wherever she goes, most recently in Frascati, Italy;
-and designs and creates jewelry
made from the earth's precious riches.
Most recently, she has spent ten years
designing and building a Boothbay, Maine vacation rental and retreat
center: Bold Colorful Life Estate and
She lives her life as a natural
adventure, reveling in Mother Nature's gifts. And she invites you to
take part in this adventure, by wandering this website, looking for
those bold, colorful items that will jazz up your life and enhance your surroundings.
Read her Creative Mission here.