Yes, Her Name Is Spelled
It’s A Funny Story For Another Time.
Milessa has a lifetime filled with artistic expression that began as she learned to read. As a young child, she loved to draw characters from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. She would fill pages with drawings of cartoons such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Although her mature artwork is much different, Milessa’s desire for happiness and joy in her work remains.
Milessa loves positive energy in art and color. The urge to add color in each of her pieces may stem from her sepia-toned memories of her youth in West Texas. There wasn’t a lot of color in the dry, rugged landscape she drew up in. It also stems from her desire to keep her paintings energetic and inspiring.
As an only child, Milessa grew up to be highly independent. This is reflected in her first formal attempt at becoming an artist when she was 12 years old. After seeing a television commercial advertising an art university, Milessa decided to apply. She submitted her drawings and was accepted. When she divulged her plans to her mother, she learned she was not old enough to attend. Despite this truth, the experience and hope of art school cemented Milessa’s identity as an artist.
Although she never stopped being an artist, Milessa had to pause her dreams due to the pressure to have “real work” and earn a steady income. During her mother’s passing in 2008, everything changed. She remembers lovingly her mother’s last words, “I want you to promise me you will sell your businesses and get back to your painting. I am sorry I did not take your art seriously.” Those words helped make it easier to let the businesses go and return to the easel.
One of her series called Dreamscapes, is a collection of impressionistic paintings that combine humor and whimsy to create narratives through color and experiences. Her paintings have no limits, and she crosses the boundary between fact and fiction effortlessly. She fondly calls her En Plein Air (landscape) painting her “outdoor studio” and her “indoor studio” is for creating her still-life’s. As Richard Schmid (b. 1934-2021) states in his book, Alla Prima II, “. . . broadcast the idea that skillful painting has no limits as to subject matter and technique.”
Viewing Milessa’s artwork is an experience in itself, as the viewer is able to enter an imaginative world of their own experiences and those of Milessa. It is joyful, as she intended it to be. Her art is not solemn or dark; it is full of light and delight. As she states, “The best paintings create a story. My stories have happy endings.”