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Freedom Art: Melissa A. Torres

Though Melissa is relatively new to Liberatchik, she has been an enthusiastic participant in our efforts to #TakeBackOurCulture. She joined our movement because she feels it is important for people to realize that all artists, while it seems to be the norm, are not Liberal. She believes, as we do, that it is important to promote the many artists who are Conservative or Libertarian. Melissa feels, as many of us at Liberatchik often do, that we are outnumbered in the art community. She understands our feelings of exclusion and the difficulty of becoming successful because of closed-mindedness in the vast majority of artists who are Liberal. Because many of them believe there is no place for pro-American or individualist themes in the arts, Melissa feels that we must show them that it is not the case. There surely is an audience for Patriotic art; we just need the same opportunities to display it in public venues.

Melissa often paints patriotic themed art because she feels that it is important to remember and remind others of the great country in which we live. She is saddened by the direction in which our country is heading, both politically and socially. We were once a proud country and she believes it is time to get back to that. We are the greatest Nation in the world and Melissa hopes her art will help remind people of that greatness.

Melissa is a self-taught painter, originally from Newburgh, NY. She is a Registered Nurse living in San Antonio, Texas. Though Melissa has been painting and drawing since childhood, she has had no formal art education other than a few classes in school and as an adult. She is a member of RAW: natural born artists, and Contemporary Fine Art International. Her work can be seen on the blog, Artists of Texas Contemporary Paintings and Art, as well as on her website or Facebook page.

Melissa’s paintings are poignant and vibrantly representative of the scenes and objects that inspire her creativity. Much of her work gives a slice-of-life impression of having just walked into a scene that someone recently occupied. One feels as if they only just missed something, or maybe need to sit a spell and see what develops. This feeling of inclusion and familiarity makes her work appealing both emotionally and aesthetically. It is gratifying to know that an appreciation for beautiful art often leads to clients commissioning work from Melissa for their homes and businesses. In addition to painting for her own inspiration and as commissioned by others, Melissa participates in charity events in her local community. When an artist cares enough to give something back to their community, it resonates with people, cultivating the foundation for an artist to grow upon.