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

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

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez is supported in part by the Huron Economic Development Corporation, The National Endowment for the Humanities,  the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs and The National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, her work as a Teaching Artist is supported  in part by private citizens, Michigan Youth Arts and  The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. She continues  working hard to get and keep the visual arts in classrooms through advocacy, education and consultation .

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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.

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The states & the American Series

Love my Michigan!


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

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?

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

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

Originals are for sale

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