Hi, my name is Melissa Hernandez. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, with ancestry in the Dominican Republic. I am an aspiring practicing artist who's advancing to manifest art projects and a body of work that inspires and empowers others to 'grow and plant seeds' for positive change.
I'm developing my ideas and building my experience to integrate my skills, perspective, and art form: visual storytelling with creative writing. My work embodies notions of a garden as it relates to cultivating growth and nourishment. I am writing fiction and drawing to paint and illustrate for meaningful books and exhibitions; additionally, cultivating an art garden.
I've completed my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Florida Atlantic University concentrating, for the most part, on drawing and painting in 2011; I graduated magna cum laude, with a general GPA of 3.5/ 4.0 and 3.7 in my major. Moreover, I graduated from the Educator Preparation Institute at Broward College; I received a Florida's Graduate Professional Teaching Certificate for mastery of Professional Preparation and Education Expertise.
Last but not least, I am a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). I am furthering my skills to become an influential artist and leader in the field of art. I hope to help and/or positively inspire teachers, students, and the community at large.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: • practicing and modeling appropriate behavior & leadership • emphasizing the importance of group culture & diversity • working towards behavioral and academic excellence • evaluating emotional and empirical data, and seeking truth and virtue to promote human flourishing • most importantly, empowering the general public's creativity/inventiveness through exploring and experimenting with visual art-making
SKILLS: • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) • Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop • Diplomacy, Tact, and Credibility • Effective Written & Verbal Communication • First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
EXHIBITIONS: 2021 • THE LAKELAND ART GUILD'S 49TH ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION 2018 • ART FROM OUR EARTH, THE SEA AND THE SKY 2011 • ANNUAL JURIED FAU STUDENT ART EXHIBITION