We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Renee fieryfordeepblue and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
I love the quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” When I think about this free spirited viewpoint on life, it evokes a sense of freedom, adventure, and happiness deep in my soul. It reminds me of some of my best childhood memories that were spent at the beach in Southern California. To say it inspires my artistic expression is an understatement.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Although resin art has been around for quite some time, my approach to this art form is fresh and distinctive. Many artists paint with acrylics then finish with a coat of resin. My work differs in that I add various pigments, inks, mica powders, and spray paints into the resin thus the colored resin becomes my paint. While others use brushes to manipulate the paint, I’ve opted to use a heat gun and torch. My process of allowing each individual layer of resin to cure before adding another allows for a multi-dimensional effect. The intricacy of this depth is what makes these beautiful creations come to life and stir the soul. I’m excited that my work is being recognized by collectors and design companies in both the US and Europe. Seeing my designs used for home furnishings such as area rugs, poufs, and decorative pillows as well as wallpaper, murals, and fabrics has made me so proud. Working with well recognized companies such as ElleDécor, Overstock, and Wayfair has helped to solidify my work—and for that, I am truly grateful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Grabbing a quick Stumptown latte from Everyday Eatery in Irvine is first on the list. Now that we’re well-caffeinated, we’re off for a 5-mile hike through the rolling hills of Shady Canyon. Since we’ve worked up an appetite, I think it’s a great time to head to Zinque in Lido Marina Village right on the Newport Beach Harbor for a light breakfast. Because there’s usually a wait for a table we’re going to put in our name and take a stroll down the street to check out some local shops. We have to stop at my favorite coastal-inspired shop, Bixby and Ball, to check out the new seasonal candle fragrances! Now we’re back to Zinque to enjoy a refreshing mimosa and brunch while basking in the sun on their outdoor patio. We’ve finished breakfast and now it’s time to move down the boardwalk to our Duffy rental. We’re headed out on the water to take in some breathtaking views of the sailboats, yachts, and dolphins while cruising around the harbor. The exciting part is that you get to drive the boat yourself. Now it’s late afternoon and we’re off to Balboa Island for a famous chocolate dipped frozen banana before we cruise down PCH toward Laguna Beach. Once in Laguna, we’ll stop at a couple of galleries like Hugo’s and Five 3 Gallery to check out the current shows before heading back to Irvine to freshen up for the evening. Dinner time is here and Habana is calling our names. We’ll head to the Spectrum for a Cuban dinner and festive music on the patio.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To my son and two daughters, thank you for putting the Skittles in my rainbow. Every day I feel more creative and inspired because of your constant support and encouragement. You have affirmed me as a true artist and because of you, I am continuing to dream, grow, and create beautiful art from the depth of my soul.