Artist Inspiration: Melissa James



After posting pics of

my kitchen

the other day, I was asked

about the large painting (above)

just around the corner from it.


So happy to share the artist with you…

she is my very talented personal friend



My treasured painting

with soothing shades of grey and sand

is called “Progression.”

Melissa James


Melissa is an incredible

photographer and stylist as well.



She often works

with acrylics on canvas,

inspired by nature’s

beauty outside her window.

And her taste?


It’s the best!

When she says buy a particular

scarf or jacket or whatever,

its wise to buy it.

’cause this girl has an eye.


stunning snaps of Paris


To see her inventory, commission a painting,

or book this Chicago-based photographer,

visit Melissa James Studio.

Across the Universe




The artist is in aviators with

me  a monkey on her back.


Melissa is one of the friendliest, funniest,

and creative people you will ever meet!


Isn’t her work tranquil and ethereal?


Peace to you right where you are.






  1. July 7, 2011 / 2:41 am

    Love it, Michele!
    I wish I could paint and capture a mood and emotions like that.
    Truly a gift.
    Thanks for sharing this local gal with us!

  2. July 7, 2011 / 4:17 am

    Michele – I love her artwork. Serene and beautiful. Very soothing. And I am not a bit surprised that you are a lucky owner! I am so glad you did this post. (I am so following the link).

    Happy, happy to you! (We have spent ALL day at the beach. Good times!).


  3. July 7, 2011 / 11:51 am

    Your friend's paintings are gorgeous! So tranquil and beautiful! She is very talented! X

  4. July 7, 2011 / 3:54 pm

    Stunning post, Michele!!

    Thank you so much for your super sweet comment, sweetie. I truly appreciate it!


    Luciane at

  5. July 8, 2011 / 6:39 pm

    I need this kind of quiet beauty in my life, Melissa's work is stunning and soothing.

    It's lovely that you know her and have her beautiful work in your home.

    Meera xx

  6. July 8, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    i AM lucky, meera. her work fits so perfectly with what i'm trying to accomplish here with peace and atmosphere.

  7. July 9, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    Lovely painting and her work is wonderful. Thanks for stopping by and sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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