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About the Artist

Featuring Art from Melissa Helene   

Artist Bio

Melissa Helene is a scratchboard artist living and working in the Midwest.  She is an uncredentialled artist who has been learning and growing as an artist for over 15 years in a variety of mediums, including scratchboard, graphite, and charcoal.  She is currently an Active member of the International Society for Scratchboard Artists (ISSA), Associate member of the association of American Women Artists, and an Associate member of the Society of Animal Artists.  The bulk of her work consists of highly detailed, photo realistic wildlife scratchboard portraits and landscapes.  Melissa Helene Fine Arts and Photography, launched in January 2015, is dedicated to using art and creative expression to raise awareness of wildlife, wild places, and conservation issues to help protect the very places and creatures that inspire her work.


Artist Statement

By focusing on the minute details that make every being unique, you can capture the very essence of their soul. As an artist, I strive to capture the true nature of the people, creatures, and lands that together make up the breath-taking world that surrounds us. My work shows individuals as they are, finding beauty in everything they represent. 
My fine art scratchboard work is inspired by endangered species and wild places.  This high contrast, hyper-detailed medium is perfect for wildlife portraits and expansive landscapes.  My work is photo realistic and exclusively black and white.



Scratchboard is a subtractive medium.  Abrasive tools are used to scratch into the board, creating various textures and values.  Masonite board is coated in compressed kaolin clay and black india ink – it starts completely black.



My goal as an artist is to create a collection of work that speaks to people on a deeper level, challenges them to see nature in a different way, and make them take another look at not only the pieces but how they interact with the world.  My personal goal as an artist is to build a sustainable business that allows me to dedicate my time and energy to creating pieces that make a significant contribution to the art world and protection of all things wild.


All pieces on display are the originals created by Melissa Helene.  Please contact Melissa directly for more information or commission a custom portrait at