Episode 26: Melissa Messer

Melissa Messer is an American realist oil painter based in Seattle, WA. I got a chance to sit down with Melissa in her beautiful studio last week. We were surrounded by her paintings, there was tea, some cat meows in the background... and it was just perfect.

We had a wide-ranging conversation and cover a lot of topics dear to my heart - including art and vulnerability. The gifts and challenges of being an empath. Putting your art out and allowing for criticism. Settling into yourself and the effects of that in art. We also talk about in-between times of life, and the beauty and fertileness of going through a season of uncertainty.

I’m such a fan of Melissa’s art and what she does with words. I teared up multiple times throughout this conversation because it made me feel so much. I hope it moves something in you, too!

Photo by Jen Crilly

Photo by Jen Crilly