The Artist

Melissa Solley

Melissa Solley is an artist and illustrator in Seattle, Washington (by way of Sacramento, California).  She studied at the Academy of Art University, majoring in Illustration with Comic Emphasis. Melissa's career as an artist led to her work being featured both on stage and in film. Melissa began showing her artwork with Red Door Studio Gallery in 2017, when she was discovered by owner (and talented mixed media artist) Mary Lecker. Her artwork has also made its way into print and film. Melissa Solley strives to grow and create in each facet of her life and hopes to share joy and perspective with those who encounter her life's work -- creating art.

Fine Art

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“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”

― Vincent Willem van Gogh


The common thread across which ties together Melissa Solley's artwork is a love for beauty, emotional intensity, and an appreciation for spiritual authenticity. As a professional artist, she seeks to do (and share) her vision that business, art, and integrity are essential to achieving life-long joy and fulfillment.


Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Develops decorative and design focused imagery for clients.

Featured Artist with

Red Door Art Studio Gallery

A featured artist on the digital location Red Door Art Studio Gallery, contributing as both an author and visual artist with the gallery.

Group Show at Red Door Studio Gallery

One of several artist selected to display in a mixed media showcase in Sacramento, California.


Illustration (A.A.)

- Comic Emphasis

Academy of Art University

Originally a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) student, Melissa Solley transferred to the Associate of Arts (A.A.) program so she could obtain her A.A. on her journey to her B.F.A.

Skills & Proficiencies

Adobe Creative Cloud

Proficiency and understanding of the following programs for illustration and graphic design purposes:

  • Photoshop

  • Illustrator.

Illustration (Traditional Media)

Primary subjects include portraiture, concept art, and comic illustration in the following media:

  • Graphite

  • Charcoal

  • Gouache

  • Watercolor.


Creates visual imagery to convey concept, story, and aesthetic beauty using the following tools:

  • Wacom Cintiq

  • iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

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©2020 by Melissa Solley.