Chloe- 2009- graphite on paper

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Melissa L. Bateman

About Melissa L. Bateman

Two years ago, after practicing commercial art for 17 years, I began to seriously pursue my life long interest in fine art. I had always wanted to be a fine artist and I was fortunate to have been raised in a family for which the arts were of the utmost importance and always encouraged.

Following graduation from Pratt Institute, where I studied commercial Illustration, I worked for corporations like Pepsi, Disney and Bloomingdales.  Although I have enjoyed commercial work, I have found practicing portraiture to be by far the most captivating & gratifying part of my life as an artist. 

Please feel free to contact me with any feedback, suggestions or questions you may have about my work.  I consider myself very much a beginner and am very open to constructive critism.
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