The following information was submitted by the artist in June of 2006:
Artist and educator Melissa Marshall Smith was born in 1959 in Rockdale, Texas. As a child and young adult, she studied art with Rockport, Texas artist and teacher Simon Michael. She earned her BFA from the Ohio State University in 1980. Melissa studied with painter George McNeil in master classes at the University of Hartford in 1990.
The experience and opportunity of studying with George McNeil was a milestone in Melissa's artistic career. She then began teaching art in Connecticut public schools, teaching students from Kindergarten through college level. Melissa studied with the artist Anne Truitt during an arti
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