I am Melissa Peterson, and as an artist I create images from a world of magic and imagination. I make these pieces with a variety of mediums, but particularly enjoy working in watercolor, ink, and colored pencil.
When an idea comes to me it is usually accompanied by a short story that plays along with it in my mind. What I end up drawing or painting is the image that tells the most, or the most important part, of the story. After sketching it in my minds eye I have a good idea of what I want to convey and begin putting pen to paper, using the little story in my head as fuel to the creative process.
The stories themselves are not what I strive to convey to the viewer, but if I can get them to feel something from the image then I consider it a successful piece. I create art to create feelings in others and hopefully share in the same experience as me.