Artist Melissa Barbee

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Melissa is a Colorado native who grew up knowing she would become a veterinarian, that is until she found photography and a creative mentor her senior year in high school and headed down the path of art instead.
Enrolled at Hastings College in Nebraska she spent every waking moment in the art building where she explored many different mediums including traditional glassblowing, sculpture and ceramics. After a year and a half of missing the majestic Rocky Mountains too much she moved back to Colorado.
Over the next 15 years, between jobs and as time and money allowed she earned her BFA from Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado. As soon as she had her degree in hand, Melissa and her husband sold almost everything they owned, bought a motorhome, packed up their two cats and some art supplies and hit the open road. Having limited storage space she turned to drawing and painting small pieces, often working at picnic tables at the campgrounds and RV parks where they stayed. Due to the events of 2020, she is back in Colorado, living close to family and friends and dreaming of future art fueled adventures.
Her love of animals is still evident in her choice of subjects, cats being her biggest focus, though she is currently exploring landscape painting as well. In an effort to help end pet homelessness she donates 10% of all her sales to no kill animal shelters throughout Colorado.

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