Meet the Artist

Melissa’s artwork has been curated into the following art galleries and art gift shops:
Terra Studios (Durham, AR)
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum (Fort Smith, AR)
ANA Gallery (Rogers, AR)
Visionary Art Studio (Eureka Springs, AR)
Fenix Arts
Fenix Arts (Fayetteville, AR)

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“I started making art late in life when I became disabled with an inherited neurological disease. I was bored out of my mind after the first year of being bedridden and homebound. In 2017 I started drawing and painting in bed, just for something entertaining to do.Nobody was more surprised than me when people began asking to buy it.

I can get around a little better nowadays with assistive devices, although I still spend about 2/3 of my waking hours having to lie down. I still create art lying down or, if it’s a large messy canvas, sitting on the floor with it for brief periods of time.

I would make art whether people bought it or not. But I’ll admit that I enjoy knowing people want it in their homes. It means my art speaks to them. It makes me feel like I’m sharing a human connection with others.”

-Melissa Milton

Downtown Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Melissa’s hometown where she lives and creates art

Melissa’s art studio is inside her home

Melissa was homebound and couldn’t drive for the first four years she created art. Over the years an art studio has evolved from a spare bedroom. Artworks in progress frequently spill over into other rooms and are affectionately referred to as “art carnage”.