Melissa Sharplin, Christchurch
Born in Christchurch, Melissa discovered her passion for realism at an early age, exploring with acrylics, sketches and moving into a more ‘Pop Art’ style during her early twenties.
Melissa took her initial interests in fashion to her true calling in oil painting and developed her skills under her mentor, Michael Mischewski. Melissa’s dry brush oil technique gives velvety smooth finishes to flawless skin tones, technical layered images, rich patterns and expressive subjects.
Melissa describes her work as an outpouring of her subconscious; external events, images, characters, colours, and atmospheres become fused with her adored aesthetics of the glamorous, expansive and abundant to produce works that have bold and commanding presence.