Fine art, celebrating life, fun, family and color.

The Elephantworks Studio

Thank you for your awesome support of my  work in the studio, the classroom and the communities I serve!

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez is supported in part by the Huron Economic Development Corporation, The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and The National Endowment for the Arts. Her work as a Teaching Artist is supported  in part by private citizens, Michigan Youth Arts and  The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. I am working hard to get and keep the visual arts in classrooms .

This year I am at Penn State University completing my PhD in Art Education. My goal is to duo-degree in art education and women's gender and sexuality studies.

This last year has been fun, exciting and rewarding. In the studio--grants have been awarded to provide professional development to me, as an artist and teacher. I have been able to take what I have learned and shared with my students, use in my studio and enhance my own creative practices.

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I have been a professional painter for more than two decades. I love capturing special moments that celebrate the environment or the family through my art works.

The elephant works have always been my passion. Looking at the role of the elephant historically as well as the work of the matriarch within the family has resonated with my life profoundly. New work will be introduced this summer.

My "Love My Michigan" series is a visual reminder of what is awesome about Michigan! Creativity, beaches, and the memories made!

Tee shirts are available, as are prints of the work plus each of the originals are for sale!

This series celebrates the individuality and the commonalities of our great union. Prints and originals are available for all art in the series. 

Looking for a method to build unity, say thank you or just have fun in your company, family or social group?

The Elephantworks Studio provides these power, fun and interesting services.

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Celebrations  of everyone, giving voice, telling stories and celebrating life