Melissa Bixby was born and raised in Soldotna, Alaska.
Her fascination with sea creatures began with trips to the beach and tidal pools all across South Central Alaska.
After 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, WA.
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.
In the last year she has begun sharing her tide pool photographs that up until recently were used as inspiration for batiks.
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 natural world that provides endless inspiration.
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