Born in Reading, PA, Melissa Strawser, has been a printmaker for the past 26 years using print to create some of her most profound works of art. Primarily created in London then Portugal, Melissa worked very closely with her late, dear friend, Artist/Printmaker, Bartolomeu dos Santos in his Tavira Print Workshop in Tavira, Portugal. Her intaglio prints have been exhibited in Portugal, Germany, London, Pennsylvania and New York. Melissa’s work can be seen in galleries, and is in numerous art collections throughout the USA and Europe. Since 1995, Melissa holds a First Degree, MA Fine Art/Printmaking from The Slade School of Art, University College London.

Melissa has been a supportive colleague and art consultant on international projects for BERTOIA STUDIO for over a decade now. Independently, she maintains a studio with Bertoia Studio, designing and fabricating sculptures made of copper, bronze and brass. Most recently, she established a Intaglio Print Workshop here called Barto Print Workshop. Melissa’s prints are drawings or studies for her sculptures.

Melissa Strawser is inspired and driven by nature and by her surroundings on a world level. Her work has been developed through a designed and styled, nomadic-type lifestyle. The movement of natural light across the earth’s surface intrigues her and has always been a great inspiration. She is gracious and fortunate to have been nurtured by a history of artmaking in her FOLK ART family.