Melissa Payne Baker is best known for her abstract paintings that spark emotions in the viewer.  With a passion for art and interior design, Melissa pours her talents into each abstract painting that she creates. From traditional interiors to contemporary, her abstract artwork creates the perfect punch to any decor.  She began her professional art career fifteen years ago and it quickly evolved into a full time business.  Melissa’s unique texturing techniques and use of color are still what attracts clients, from collectors to designers across the country.

This Southern artist found her passion for art early in life, 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 including the Southeastern designer show house. Melissa has provided her art to fundraising events throughout the Southeast including Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children’s HeathCare of Atlanta, the American Heart Association , The Comprehensive Cancer Center and more.

In 2012, with a strong desire to always create, Melissa discovered the need for smaller artsy pieces and created an extension of her business, Art For Every Palette.  This unique hand painted collection includes a line of hand painted glassware. These jewels have 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.  Other items included are hand painted candles, pillows and more. In 2019, Art For Every Palette was named by StyleBlueprint as “10 Southern Brands You Should Know About”.

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

Melissa’s art career quickly became a full time business but she never loses focus on what is really important, creating art that touches the heart of the viewer. You could say that she has mastered her art but she would say that it is just the beginning, the best is yet to come.


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