Infected by Art Book - Volume 10

Melissa Gay

Member Since October 2013


Artist: Melissa Gay


About Melissa Gay

I'm a Nashville-based illustrator for clients such as Baen Books, Llewellyn Worldwide, Hay House, Apex Press, and a shocking number of game companies. My work has won numerous awards, including ASFA's Chesley Award for Best Gaming-Related Illustration ("Offering," 2018) and Unpublished Illustration ("Harvest," 2019). My illustrations are in many Gold and Silver ENnie-winning and fan favorite games, and they've been featured in ImagineFX Magazine, io9,, and many Infected By Art anthologies. I am co-founder of the Birdwhisperer Project and a member of the Changeling Artist Collective. A former scientific illustrator, I am constantly seeking the perfect balance between precise detail and hazy obscurity to better engage the imagination of the viewer.

Name: Melissa Gay 
Joined: October 2013

- I'm currently working on a book of my space art, I Dream of Space. Described by Toni Weisskopf as "romantic spaceships," my sci-fi paintings are fantastical and expressionistic, as if I am an ancient astronomer seeing the scenes in dreams. I create them by building up textures and illuminating the happy accidents I find within. I like to push the boundaries between narrative decision and randomness-- it's how I make sense of life and art! - I'm creating a body of landscape paintings from my photos and memories of the Westfjords of Iceland. - The Birdwhisperer Project-- -- which I co-founded with Amanda Makepeace in 2016 is dedicated to spreading the love of birds and bird art and to encouraging personal stylistic development. Each month all participating artists create their own vision of the selected reference photo of that month's bird (all photos used are public domain or contributed with usage rights). The individual vision of each artist makes each piece unique and special. Artists of all media, ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. - Finding My Familiar, a book of my toned paper drawings, released in June 2020.

Location: Nashville, TN

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