Born in Los Angeles, California in 1968, Melissa Marquardt has lived the majority of her life in southern California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with the emphasis in Visual Communications from California State University, Chico in 1991.

Melissa has always leaned towards being a creative. She is a self-taught artist who, only recently, started taking workshops and classes to expand her knowledge of techniques and processes. In the mid 1990s, Melissa painted residential murals and faux finishes. In 2002, she put the brushes down and worked almost exclusively as a freelance graphic designer allowing her to spend more time at home raising her two children with her husband Brett. Her focus in design was corporate identity, event branding and illustration in the fashion industry. In 2016, Melissa picked the brushes back up and has been creating contemporary abstract waterscapes and landscapes that have been very well received by collectors all over the United States.

Melissa is inspired by natural, earthy tones from the nature around her home in Encinitas, CA. From the rich blues and tans of the pacific coastline, vibrant gold and green grasses of the lagoons and estuaries, to the deep greens and golds of the hills and trails she frequents with her dog, Lily, she is continually engaged by her surroundings and the pallet nature has to offer. Melissa loves to explore the use of many thin, translucent layers, and subtle hits of metallic paint to create the unexpected results from one canvas to the next. She strives to create art to be complimentary to the space it lives in, and not to compete with its surroundings.

Artist Statement

I am an abstract artist whose intention is to create works that transport its viewers to a place of calm and serenity. I work with acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. I find my inspiration in nature among the southern California coastline and have a deep connection to the horizon line, it keeps me grounded. My personal goal is to create works of art that give collectors a feeling of peace and tranquility. I never intend to paint a specific location or place, but to allow the paint to dictate the scene and transport each individual to a personal place in their own memory or imagination.

Events & Exhibits


October 10 - 13 // Art San Diego, Contemporary Art Show // San Diego, CA
October 1 - November 4 // Privateer Coal Fire Pizza Art on Display // Oceanside, CA
September 21 - 22  //  Carlsbad ArtWalk  // Carlsbad, CA
September 15 - October 26  //  Showcase Gallery "The Meridian of Wind" Group Show  // Santa Ana, CA
June 28 - September 1 // Laguna Art-A-Fair // Laguna Beach, CA
May 4 - 5 // Calabasas Fine Arts Festival // Calabasas, CA
May 1 - Present // Del Mar Art Center Gallery // Del Mar, CA
April 27 - 28  //  Mission Federal ArtWalk  //  San Diego, CA


October 20 - 21  //  Beverly Hills Art Show  //  Beverly Hills, CA
October 6 - 7 // La Jolla Art & Wine Festival //  La Jolla, CA
September 22 - 23  //  Carlsbad ArtWalk  // Carlsbad, CA
July 28 - 29  //  Solana Beach ArtWalk  //  Solana Beach, CA
July 14 - 15  //  Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival  //  Los Altos, CA
June 10 // Dana Point Art Fest  //  Dana Point, CA
May 19 - 20  //  Beverly Hills Art Show  //  Beverly Hills, CA
April 28 - 29  //  Mission Federal ArtWalk Little Italy  //  San Diego, CA
March 30 - April 1  //  Indian Wells Art Festival  //  Indian Wells, CA
March 9 - June 13  //  ArtnSoul on 101  //  Group Exhibit  //  Encinitas, CA
February 17 - March 17  //  Ashton Gallery "Everything New" Group Show  //  San Diego, CA


December 9 - 10   //  Desert Art Festival   //   Palm Springs, CA
October 7 - 8   //   La Jolla Art & Wine Festival   //   La Jolla, CA
August 12 - 13   //  Liberty Station ArtWalk //   San Diego, CA
July 16  //  West Elm Mission Valley Pop-Up  //  San Diego, CA
June 10 - 11  //  San Diego Festival of the Arts  //  San Diego, CA
May 9  //  RAW: San Diego, House of Blues  //   San Diego, CA
May 1 - 31  //  Pappalecco Caffé, Art on Display  //  Cardiff by the Sea, CA
April 29 - 30  //  Mission Federal ArtWalk  //  San Diego, CA


October 8 - 9  //  La Jolla Art & Wine Festival  //  La Jolla, CA
August 28  //  Leucadia ArtWalk  //  Encinitas, CA