Melissa Payne Baker is best known for her abstract paintings that spark emotions in the viewer.  From traditional interiors to contemporary, her abstract artwork creates the perfect punch to any decor. In her 15th year as a professional artist, Melissa’s unique texturing techniques and use of color are still what attracts clients, from collectors to designers across the country.

With a degree in Marketing from the University of Mississippi and over two decades in interior design, she pours all of her passions into each abstract piece she creates.

This Southern artist found her passion for art early in life in Mississippi, learning from generations of artisans. Now, Melissa spends her days in her Atlanta studio with her cat Gesso. If not painting, she is chasing her young son, Payne, who keeps her creativity in full bloom.

Her work has been published in major publications including Traditional Homes, House Beautiful, Southern Home, Cottage Journal, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles to Nashville Arts. Her work has been featured in designer show houses across the Southeast. Melissa’s new canvas collections can be found in fine art galleries across the United States.

In 2012 she released a line of hand painted drinkware that has been highlighted at the Atlanta Neiman Marcus Holiday Pop-Up Shop and at Spotlight on Art in Atlanta and featured in Southern Lady and Good Grit magazine.  You can find yours in boutiques and galleries around the Southeast including custom palettes at the Grand Bohemian Hotels.

A fine art mirror collaboration with mirror artist Stacy Milburn began in 2017 and has caught the attention of many designer and galleries across the country.  Their talents blend together well to create unique pieces that reflect light and color throughout a room.

With a strong desire to always create and discovering the need for smaller artsy pieces, Melissa created Art For Every Palette. This unique hand painted collection includes drinkware, candles, baubles and more. In 2019, Art For Every Palette was named by StyleBlueprint as “10 Southern Brands You Should Know About”.

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