Artist/Illustrator, Melissa Madsen was born and raised in Montana and was encouraged by her parents to paint and draw outside in nature. The freedom of creating art in a wild environment was core to my development as an artist. She currently lives in Eastern Washington with her twin sons and is surrounded by the Cascades Mountains and Icicle River.
Education includes: Cornish Institute of Arts (Seattle), Portland School of Art (Portland, ME), and University of Montana (Missoula).
Workshops/Apprenticing includes: Apprenticed with Archie Bray Foundation, (Helena, MT) (ceramics) and Stone Press Gallery, (Seattle) (Lithography).
Showings – too many to list here – but included are: Leavenworth Artist Guild, Museum of History & Industry (Seattle WA), Andrea Schwarts Gallery (San Francisco).
Collections include: Washington State Arts Commission 1% for the Arts, Direct Purchase, Lacey School District, Yakima School District, Olympia State Daycare, North Kitsap School District, Battle Ground School District and Spokane School District. Nordstrom, Children’s paintings for over 40 stores throughout the USA, Los Altos Pediatrics, Los Altos CA, Children’s paintings treatment rooms
Commissions include: Washington 1% for the Arts, Art in Public Places, Harriett Thompson Elementary, (Grandview WA), Presidents Elementary, Arlington WA
Publications include: Casa, Illustrations for fundraisers, Sweet Inspirations,
Cookbook for kids, author Patty Lynch, Plural Productions, Illustrations for twins & multiple births, Humane Society, Illustration for fundraisers, Cascade Farmland Association, Illustration for agricultural tourism map, Festival Of Trees, and Children’s Festival.