Born in Mexico and raised in Illinois, Melissa brings a fresh take on contemporary mixed media collage. As part of her process, Melissa uses natural substances such as fruits, juices, coffee grinds, tea and other liquids to stain her canvas and provide rich texture. In addition, Melissa’s work commonly incorporates real documents from her life, and others, and is abstractly woven into the many layers that makes up her artwork. Melissa also uses scale and pattern to create the amazing textures you’ll see in her artwork. Over the last 15 years, Melissa has created masterful works, featured in various gallery exhibitions in Chicago, as well as created dozens of commissioned pieces for those who enjoy her sprit, process and amazing works.