BIOGRAPHY: Melissa is a native Bozemanite having had the opportunity to live in the valley her entire life. She studied art, art history and philosophy at Montana State University and was particularly interested in how cultures and past civilizations expressed their history and values through the art and architecture left behind. In 2000 she earned an Art History degree from Montana State University and wrote her undergraduate thesis on local architect Fred Willson, which later led to three historical publications which she co-authored: Faces of Freedom – Gallatin Valley Remembers WWII, 2002; The Gallatin Collection: A Pictorial History Vol. II, 2003; and Historic Homes of Bozeman, 2005. In 2011 Melissa finally picked up the brush again and hasn't put it down.
Melissa is a current and active member in Three Rivers Artists Guild of Bozeman member and Southwest Montana Arts (SMArts) and. She has studied with Loretta Domaszewski, Kara Tripp and David Mensing. Her work as been shown in multiple juried shows across the Gallatin Valley and local businesses.
HONEYBEE STUDIOS: ART EDUCATION When Melissa is not busy painting you can find her teaching art at Morning Star Elementary as their Art Specialist for their entire school-year and Emily Dickinson School as a guest Artist in Resident in the Spring. Her lessons for grades K-5 elementary aged school children focus on lessons with a art history twist.
2014 & 2016: Selected for Juried Art Show at Zoot Gallery inside Zoot Enterprises
2014: Zoot Calendar Artist Winner
2014, 2015, 2018,2019 : Sweet Pea Selected for Juried Art Show
2016: Downtown Bozeman Christmas Stroll Poster Winner
2018: 3rd Place Gallatin County Fair: Fine Art Division
ARTIST STATEMENT: Over the years I have always returned to capturing the landscapes that surround my hometown -- its mountains, rivers, fields and always the big skies; with an emphasis on the interplay and movement between these elements. I think of each piece as a view into my “internal landscape,” and I welcome each viewer into these familiar yet wondrous places that we are so fortunate to call home. -Melissa Summerfield