As part of our Meet the Artist series, meet the artist Melissa Payne Baker of Atlanta, Georgia, who creates beautiful pieces with oil and acrylic mediums.
Meet the Artist: Melissa Payne Baker
Our friend and talented local artist, Melissa Payne Baker, is sharing her knack, inspiration, and love for art and design in this blog post.
About the Artist
Growing up in Mississippi, I was surrounded by artisans who encouraged my creativity. Creativity has just always been a part of me and I always just knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Having my own schedule painting and designing for clients has also allowed me to be the best mom I can be to my now ten year old son.
My first career opportunity, managing an interior design company in Atlanta, provided me with many skills in the design industry and my passion for interiors still influences my work. I have always loved providing a comfortable and pretty environment within homes and I can continue that through my art. I love that my art in homes creates feelings, conversation and brings happiness to the owners.
Inspiration + Style
Starting sixteen years ago, throwing myself into my studio and working with many mediums, I discovered my style that is unique to me. I love to mix oil and acrylics with texturing mediums to create interest. Researching everything art, attending every art show I could and meeting artists and clients fueled my journey. Before I knew it I was in one of the most fabulous galleries and the top artists markets in Southeast.
Within a year I had won a blue ribbon, sold 21 paintings at my first show, painted for three galleries, taught art classes and had my work featured in several magazines. I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
Here I am still loving every aspect of being an artist and raising my now ten year old son.
The greatest compliment as an artist is when someone comes to me and says they recognized my art in a home or gallery, if it was a piece from years ago or recent, my look has evolved but my style and commitment shines through each piece.
Art in and out of the studio
My work has been represented by dozens of galleries including the wonderful Huff Harrington Fine Art in Atlanta. Additionally, my work has been published in Traditional Homes, House Beautiful, Southern Home, Southern Lady, Cottage Journal, The Atlantan, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, VIE to Nashville Arts. It has been featured in designer show houses across the Southeast including the The Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer show house.
It thrills me that I can provide my art to fundraising events throughout the Southeast including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the American Heart Association, The Comprehensive Cancer Center and more.
Art For Every Palette
In 2012, with a strong desire to always create, I discovered the need for smaller artsy pieces and created an extension of my brand, Art For Every Palette. This unique hand painted collection includes a line of hand painted glassware.
These jewels have been highlighted at the Atlanta Neiman Marcus Holiday Pop-Up Shop, Spotlight on Art in Atlanta and featured in Southern Lady and Good Grit magazine. You can find them in boutiques and galleries around the Southeast including custom palettes at the Grand Bohemian Hotels.
In 2019, Art For Every Palette was named by StyleBlueprint as “10 Southern Brands You Should Know About.” Now the collection includes works on paper, candles, jewelry and has featured several collaborations with some of my favorite brands, so there is always something new.
Mastering the Art
My art career quickly became a full time business with consistent hard work but I never lose focus on what is really important, creating art that touches the heart of the viewer. You could say that I have mastered my art but I would say that it is just the beginning, the best is yet to come. You can find me in my Atlanta studio with my cat Gesso, designing or wallpapering for clients and chasing my son who keeps my creativity in full bloom.
Melissa Payne Baker & Heirloomed
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