About Melissa Strawser
MELISSA STRAWSER, contemporary artist, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. Melissa’s artwork is 5th generation Artist, she is influenced by a PA Folk Art family. Melissa aspires to ‘everyday art’ by making ’something’ and enjoys working with paper, inks, scissors, metals, objects and people. She is inspired by light and how it travels across the earth’s surface. Her work, open for interpretation, originates from memories, desires, dreams, motherhood, mentorships, travels and people. She borrows from her natural surroundings and she borrows from nature. The answers to evolution intrigue her curiosity. Her work asks questions leading to your own interpretation and usually tells a story.
Melissa created mentorships and/or made impressions with Master Printmakers, Artists and Poets, since her childhood: Dr. David Shapiro, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Keith Haring, Ron Kitaj, Eduardo Paolozzi, Val Bertoia, Robert Blackburn, Stanley Jones, Bartolomeu cid dos Santos, Kenneth Tyler, Dan Welden, Keith Howard, Warrington Colescott, Hartmut Berlinicke and Bill Ritchie. She worked with her late Grandfather, well-known for their Folk Woodcarvings, Walter Gottshall, and his father, her late Great Grandfather, Luke Gottshall, while attending three Art Schools. She shadows a well-known Folk Painter, Barbara Strawser, her very talented Mother.
She organizes and holds Printmaking Workshops in PA for Chine Colle' and Solarplate Etching. She started Young Printmakers Workshops in 2013 and holds Summer Art Camps for littles. Her art was first exhibited in Taiwan and later in London, then USA, Portugal and Germany. She is represented by late Hartmut Berlinicke of Galerie Wildeshausen, Germany, and continues to exhibit her work in the USA.