Melissa Bixby was born and raised in Soldotna,
Alaska. Her fascination with sea creatures began
with trips to the beach and tidal pools in places
where nature was nearly untouched and awe
inspiring, such as Alaska’s China Poot Bay, Cook
Inlet and Seward.
Since completing her undergraduate work in
Sculpture and earning her Masters of Fine Arts
from the University of Idaho, Melissa once again
found her way back to the ocean in Port
Townsend. Though she has put sculpture on the
back burner for the time being, Melissa has been
able to continue her creative expression through
abstract, simplified and vibrant depictions of some
of her favorite ocean dwelling creatures.
She has found the same physicality in her
interpretation of “batik” (fabric painting) which
was what originally drew her to sculpture.
Through the use of large sweeping strokes, bright
blended colors and defining textures, she
shares her vision. Melissa hopes to inspire in
others the same love and appreciation that she
possesses for the undersea world.
Melissa has found her path, her love and her home in Port Townsend and is happy to
be, once again, surrounded by the ocean, mountains and natural world that inspires her work.
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