Featured Artisan: missysportraits


by Melissa Stewart

Please start by telling us a little about yourself and your studio.

I am a wife to my darling hubby Jason and a new mother to my beautiful little angel Elizabeth (we like to call her Betsy). When I first became a mother and I began my maternity leave, I knew immediately that I did not want to go back to work full-time. I wanted to be a full time mom AND try get back to my first love – painting. Betsy inspired me to specialize in painting portraits of children after I had painted a portrait of her when she was only 9 weeks old.


If there’s one thing that defines you, what is it?

If there is one thing that defines me, it would be “a mother”. I always knew I wanted to have a

Family Portrait Custom Oil Painting 11x14

child, but I had no idea how wonderful and fulfilling it would truly be. It is amazing how much you can love someone.


What role does your family play in your art?

My family plays an important role in my art. Betsy is my complete inspiration to be full time mom and as well as a self employed artist because I love to be able to spend as much time as I can with her. Being able to stay at home with my daughter, as well as paint portraits of other beautiful children and families, is a complete dream come true for me. My husband Jason is also an artist, so he is a great critic as well as a great motivator when it comes to my business and my artwork.


Where do you live and what is it like?

We live in Hamilton, Ontario in Southern Canada. We just bought our first home – a big beautiful 4 bedroom that was build in the 1920’s. I set up my art studio on the top floor next to a big window where there is a beautiful view of the park.


Where did you learn your medium?

I have a bachelor degree in Art and I have been an artist for 20 + years. It is my true passion. I

Baby Girl and Dog Custom Portrait Oil Painting 9x12

have always been an artist, in fact, my earliest memories as a child had involved painting or drawing or coloring. I knew I had a passion and a talent from a very early age. When I was 16, I started taking oil painting lessons from an internationally renowned artist by the name of Bruno Capolongo. He shared with me so many valuable tools and know-how about painting with oils. After studying with Bruno, I went to Sheridan College for 4.5 years and received a diploma in Illustration and a degree in Fine Arts.


What are your goals with your ArtFire studio?

I hope to learn everything I can when it comes to selling on ArtFire. There are a lot of options, tools and help provided. I hope this site brings my studio great success.

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  1. Gail MacLellan says:

    Everything Missy (Melissa) does is wonderful she is such a natural talent anda perfectionist! I love to follow her work. I know she will be one of Canada’s greatest artist’s in no time at all. Everthing she does is unbelievable, so real looking, it just jumps off the canvas at you. Keep up the good work Melissa!

  2. Christie says:

    Your work is beautiful!! Nice interview!

  3. Janine says:

    You are so talented, wonderful artwork! Good luck with sales!

  4. Eshan vats says:

    Hay read your interview Melissa Stewart, artwork done by you is very beautiful and specially your daughter. all the best for your art work and good luck for the sales.

  5. Matt & CJ says:

    You do beautiful portraits and you capture the spirit in the faces! Good Luck!

  6. Connie says:

    Melissa, You have such a big heart and it shines through in your portraits. The Lord has blessed you with talent. My mother was a portrait painter that painted watercolor portraits that glow, with peach and pink underwashes. They were also incredible. Wishing you many blessings in your future. Connie at illuminatingdesigns.artfire.com

  7. Debby Reid says:

    Missy: I paint too but my Art is totally different. My Jewelry is on Art Fire and my paintings are corky Key West style nothing like yours and not on Art Fire yet but may come in the future. I featured your Art in a Collection I made one time. You are incredibly talented and I admire your Art. Tomorrow I am in Something called the Art Walk in Historical St. Charles County (St.Louis MO). I just started selling my Art this year. The Jewelry I have been selling since 2009.

    Keep painting… I love your Art… AMAZING!

    Take Care, Deb
    Jewelry by Debby Designs

  8. Camille says:

    I love that you are doing what you love. Your story is inspiring and your work is beautiful. All the best to you!