Melissa Walker creates abstract acrylic and collage paintings, visual journals, altered books and Artist Trading Cards. Her work is influenced by abstract expressionism and incorporates many mixed media elements. She is a National Board Certified art educator with over 22 years experience teaching all ages of students. She received a BS degree in Art Education from East Carolina University and a MA degree in Painting and Printmaking from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She has continued to study painting with well known artists and instructors Robert Burridge, Bob Rankin, Joe Deguilio, Sterling Edwards, and Jack Shields. She recently had 3 artist journal pages published in the book, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, by Dawn DeVries Sokol and is featured in the Teacher-Student Portfolio of the Aug/Sep 2010 issue of School Arts magazine. She is currently offering START classes through Jerry's Artarama in addition to her own workshops.