Luxe TEXAS Stylemaker: Melissa Ellis

“Whether it’s gossamer thin or rippled in waves of color, nothing quite compares to the virtuosity of oil paint. Old and modern masters alike have toiled to understand its unique alchemy—and it’s this pursuit that drives Dallas-based artist and sculptural oil painter Melissa Ellis, who pushes her medium’s potential by hand-sculpting embellishments out of oil using palette knives. On her canvas, thick layers of paint take on a sculptural quality, molded into organic and often surreal forms. “It’s so luxurious, malleable and limitless. I just fell in love with it right away,” she says.”


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