Artist Melissa Estes
Artist, colorist , and TBAE licensed Interior Designer, Melissa Estes is a native of Dallas, Texas and graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Melissa , a Fredericksburg resident since 2008 and mother of three daughters (Callie 29 , Abby 27 , Gracie 14 ) has been showing publicly off & on in galleries and shows since the late 90s . Melissa spends her time mothering the youngest of her three daughters , Gracie, working full time as an interior designer, owner and operator of Settlers Crossing historic guest houses, and painting large abstracts filled with subtle and subconscious messages with inspirational impact. 'Of all the many hats I have worn through out my life , what fills my soul the most (other than motherhood), is the pleasure and fulfillment I get from painting.' 'When I am painting , I go into an almost meditative state, where time and reality just slip away.' 'What appears on the canvas is a result and expression of those mini meditative journeys I engage in, while I am painting'. Yet , there was a time when I was painting out of necessity. The old adage necessity is the mother of invention , certainly applied to some of my early paintings. In the late 90s and early 2000s , I recall unsuccessfully searching for contemporary art for my design clients. I just could not find the right look with the right price point, so I pulled out my paints and just started painting what my clients and I envisioned in the particular spaces, in their homes. It was win-win fun!' This new long over due collection titled ' Inception ' is all about renewal and rebirth , fortitude and faith, gratitude and growth, and beauty and blessings. 'I am hoping this abstract revival is received in the same spirit in which they were painted, because only through my Creator was it, my pleasure to have created them.'