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My professional background, for most of my working career, was as an agency broadcast and print art
director for local northeast Ohio advertising agencies. My start in the business, was as an illustrator.

When I retired from the freelance advertising community I decided to pick up my paint brush once again.
For too many years, I had put aside painting and drawing as a purely aesthetic and personal mode of
expression. My excitement at rediscovering the process of painting was truly a creative reawakening for me.

This is a new beginning for me, reclaiming and relearning the discipline of painting. It is a journey towards
finding a distilled vision as a painter of the individual human spirit, and the environmental surround that
defines the integrity (and loss) of the world around us.       - Melissa Harris