Spotlight Melinda Isaacs

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ARTist's Spotlight Feature


If you’re looking for classic and elegant design, then this lady right here would be the gal for the job. Her web designs are gorgeous! You can tell, by browsing her website, that she’s fond of the crisp & clean. However, her artwork has a completely different feel. It’s dark and layered with a deeper meaning. Wrapped in a seductive air, her pieces will leave you wondering of life beyond our everyday limits.

She was kind enough to let us into her world…read a bit about her and let her work inspire you to reach beyond yourself, into that magical and powerful realm of creativity.

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Hello, my name is Melinda Isaacs and I’m the creative mastermind behind Melinda Isaacs, Fine Art + Design Studio. I’m from Hamilton, Ohio, USA and got my start at a young age thanks to the inspiration garnered from Disney + Don Bluth movies. When I’m not creating fine art paintings and drawings, I’m working behind the scenes of websites for various clients in WordPress design + development. Otherwise, I’m out on the trail with my husband-to-be and planning dream return trips to New Mexico!

I am also a recent graduate from the Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning College at the University of Cincinnati, where I majored in painting and drawing. I’m currently in the process of planning a gorgeous wedding so that I can marry my best friend and partner in crime! I am an incredibly ambitious business woman and soon-to-be-wife, and enjoy many cuddles with my ‘itty-bitty-kitty-committee’, trips to the local gym with my husband-to-be, and quiet, productive mornings with a cup’o’coffee. ♥

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You can find me at my website: or on Instagram at 🙂

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The More You Know:

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 Clarity Melinda Isaacs on TonicARTistry

  1. When and how did you get involved with art?

Though I always had a knack for coloring and making “art” since I was a toddler, it wasn’t until I was around 11 years old that I began taking art more seriously and spent countless hours watching Disney and Don Bluth movies and trying to mimic them. Thus began my artistic journey, and led me to attending the University of Cincinnati where I really got involved with art – especially in galleries, art shows, and mingling with other artists.

  1. Which art style do you most identify with?

I most identify with the Baroque art style. During my time at the University of Cincinnati, my figure drawing professor (and mentor!) introduced me to artists like Peter Paul Rubens and Artemesia Gentelleschi. I fell in love with their work and started noticing a trend in my own.

  1. How would you best describe your work? Please let us know why you are passionate about it.

I would describe my work as Baroque fantasy art. There’s a dark sense of wonder in my art that taps into fantastical realms, magnificent creatures, and intriguing characters that allows my viewers and I to get lost in it. There’s a sense of Escapism in my work, but I otherwise classify it as Baroque fantasy. Jeannies Kitten Julie Bell Melinda Isaacs on TonicARTistry

  1. How did you develop your style?

Practice! A style doesn’t necessarily develop over-night, and it takes time for your true style to develop completely. Before I began creating the work that I make now, I copied the Disney and various anime artists’ styles because it was what was popular at the time. As I got older and understood how art functions, I worried less about style and more about the way the work felt and functioned. After a while of doing master copies, sketches, and working from life, my own style emerged and grew. In fact, it’s still growing as I continue to make work!

  1. Which other artists inspire you and why?

In terms of classical artists, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Artemisia Gentileschi are some of my favorites! I absolutely love their use of form, color, composition, and the way they allow the human body to seem so natural in their paintings. In terms of contemporary artists, I’m inspired greatly by Michelle Hoefener, Charlie Bowater, Roberto Ferri, Julie Bell, Boris Vallejo, Frank Frazetta, and Annie Stegg. Most of the contemporary artists that inspire me work in oils, which are my medium of choice, and they always seem to use it so flawlessly. Not to mention they create fantastical worlds that allow their viewers to get lost in their paintings as well!

  1. What is your favorite art work done by another artist? What is your favorite art work done by you? (provide pictures of both if you can)

Ooh, this is a tough one! I think my favorite work done by another artist is Jeannie’s Kitten by Julie Bell. Julie’s painting is so vivid and rich with details! I absolutely adore her work! ♥ My favorite work done by myself however is Immortalized, one of the largest works that I’ve ever produced in my art career. I spent countless hours across many months to complete this painting, and was able to showcase it during my senior thesis show back in April 2016. It’s a very personal painting and is near and dear to my heart!

Brave and the Bold Melinda Isaacs on TonicARTistry

  1. Is your craft your full time Job?

Technically it is! I work as a fine artist + designer in my business, Melinda Isaacs Studio. It’s a very rewarding business endeavor, and took more time than I can count to get my craft to be recognized as my full-time job. It’s so worth it though!

  1. What does your daily routine involve? And what time of day is the best time for you to work on your craft?

My daily routine involves coffee, sketching, and art-making. The best time of day for me to work begins around 6am, which is unusual. I never used to be a morning person and that didn’t change until my Junior year of college!

  1. What are your favorite art supplies?

My favorite art supplies for painting are my Rosemary brushes and Winsor + Newton oil paints. I learned the hard way that skimping on supplies can sometimes hurt my work, so I tend to save the money to ensure high quality work.

  1. How is your studio or art space organized?

Absolutely! I go crazy if my studio isn’t organized, and every piece of equipment has a certain place within the studio. I keep my space ridiculously clean as well. It’s all a part of the process. 😉

  1. What do you do before you start a piece?

Before I start a piece, I set the mood with some great music (currently listening to the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Official Soundtrack on repeat), and create a ton of thumbnail sketches. I exhaust every option for a work until I come up with something I think I can move forward with, and then I move on to a final sketch.

12. How has your work changed over time?

My work matured in both concept and style, going from simple sketches in an animated style without a concept, into Baroque fantasy paintings and drawings with a concept in mind.

  1. If and/or when you feel frustrated with a piece, what do you do to get out of that funk?

If I feel frustrated with a piece, I tend to work through it. I keep working on the piece until it clicks, which often works within an hour or two. If that doesn’t work, then I step back from the work and start a new one that tackles the issue in the previous piece. That tends to remove my frustration. 🙂 immortalized Melinda Isaacs on TonicARtistry

  1. What do you most love about your work? Is there something you don’t like about it?

I love the personal elements that I include in every piece, allowing me to open up to the outside world. The only thing I don’t like about my work is that I don’t have consistent documentation of my progress. It seems that my work jumps from milestone to milestone in my development, haha.

  1. What advice would you give to a young artist aspiring for a career in art?

Never give up. This is perhaps the most cliché thing to say to an aspiring artist, but it’s the truth! You’ll come across people who aren’t fans of your work, or don’t feel like art is a real career – know that they’re wrong. So long as you find passion in what you do, and find that you love creating art, that’s all that matters. You’ve got this!

  1. What is the biggest obstacle you face when it comes to your work?

I think marketing is the biggest obstacle that I face. I can market my web design + development services without issues, but marketing my art is the most difficult! blindseers melinda isaacs on Tonicartistry

  1. Any advice for the creative entrepreneur?

Practice, practice, practice! And don’t be so quick to sell your work for a quick buck! You’ll be tempted to sell your work to the first person to show interest, but beware of selling it if you feel like you’re shorting yourself. Sell your work for what you feel it’s worth and I promise you’ll be happy with the sale.

  1. What do you feel is the biggest accomplishment of your career thus far?

I feel that my biggest accomplishment in my career as of right now is the fact that I am able to work from home as an entrepreneur and keep consistent work. Finding consistent work as a freelance business owner is difficult and can take away from the work that matters most. I was thankful to find this opportunity to be able to work from home and produce my art as part of my career!

  1. Where are you headed? What are your plans for the future with regard to your craft?

I’m headed wherever life takes me! I plan to enter my work into gallery showings in the near future, and I have plans to sell my work in local art fairs. I think I may open an online shop for prints to sell through my website, but we’ll see, haha.

  1. What is your favorite color and why?

I think my favorite color has to be mint green, simply because it’s a cool, calming color. I always feel happy when I see this color, and half of my wardrobe (including my favorite purse!) is mint green. I’m pretty sure I’m becoming obsessed!

Melinda Isaacs

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