Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation
“Beauty is to be found in everything. Photography is my creative outlet, a meditative process, in which patience and intuition is necessary when waiting for that “ah-ha” moment to capture with the click of a shutter button – it is my way of finding a deeper connection to life and an understanding of surrounding environments."
Melissa has earned a B.A. in Art Education from CSUSB. Art is a foundational passion that drives her. She is eager to share this passion with others. She currently works as an Education Specialist, M.A. (CSUSB) for a local k-12 school district. As an educator Melissa teaches students with the objective for them to become successful and confident in their own driven passions, whether it be art or something else.
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California native, Melissa McCluskey, first became interested in the artistic medium of photography during her childhood years. She was a staff photographer for her high school’s newspaper and yearbook. Later, she studied the formalities of photography in the community college and university settings. Melissa has been a part of a vast art community in her hometown of Riverside, California, and now looks forward to being a part of an art community in the Monterey Peninsula area.
Nature is a primary subject of her’s, however her photographic interests range in documentary, journalism, street, abstract, botanicals and landscape photography. She explores these interests through wide and close-up lenses, Her images are carefully balanced symmetrically or asymmetrically. Her prints are often bold in contrast and color - including black and white. Melissa is enthusiastic about sharing the beauty that she discovers through her lens.