Melissa Hudson, Daytona Beach Member Since April 2008 Artist Statement I have been interested in art since 1992. For many years I worked at building my own style by drawing with pen and ink, and pencil. I spent a lot of time in the local coffee shops working on art. after a while i realized that i could be doing it for a living. So, in 1996 I traveled to St. George Street, in St. Augustine Florida. For several years I worked as a live portrait artist. During that time i sold many prints of my wildlife series and I created custom portraits for many wonderful people that I met. I was only 17 and I was in direct competition with other more established portrait artists who also did their work on the streets of St. Augustine.
Unfortunately in 2001 all of the live arts and entertainment on St. George Street in St. Augustine came to an end. The City of St. Augustine made it illegal to display or sell artwork in the street. The Artists of St.George feel it was the money and power behind the shops and store owners n the area that lobbied to make it illegal to be a street artist in St. Augustine. I watched several of my associates get arrested just for having artwork on display.
Since then, I have worked in my studio and I have had my art available online, where I can reach an even wider audience. The main materials and mediums that I like to work with, are color pencil, charcoal, pastel, graphite and acrylic. I have developed my own style of working with Prismacolor color pencils.I feel that great art can be created with the simplest tools in the hands of a truly talented artist.
My focus is realism and this is a very challenging avenue in art. My drawings take many hours to complete. The average time is between 40-50 hours of steady drawing. Most of my drawings were created on acid-free bristol paper and with light fast materials so they are museum quality.