melissa mason
Melissa Mason-Abstract Art


Getting High on Paint

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Well, “yes” – as much as possible on the art-making process that is.

Since you’re here, you likely have an appreciation for fine art and horses.

Maybe you’re looking for a dynamic piece of original artwork for a contemporary space you’re planning, something that stands out and is out of the ordinary.

Because you’re not interested in the same-old art everyone else seems to collect-you prefer art that makes a daring statement and will be a conversation starter.

If this is you, you’re in the right place.

I think you’ll find something here to love:

  • Powerful + moving equine art.

  • Striking, statement-making paintings that work well in any interior, from traditional to modern

  • Gestural, colorful abstractions that make interiors sing

How it all started

My youth was spent dreaming about horses, wanting my own horse, coloring them, drawing them. In first grade, I was the wee-little girl sitting at her desk, hand stretched as high in the air as I could possibly get it without my butt leaving the seat, because we were good like that. Waving frantically “pick me, pleeeaaase pick me.” The art teacher’s pet – that was me. The child driving my parents mad every birthday and Christmas begging “please can I get a horse, I promise I’ll take care of it better than I did the gerbil.” “No Missy, we just don’t have the room.” Ohh, the frustration.

Time passes, growing up, a marriage, moving to Florida, my first horse, lose the husband, keep the horse, start painting and the rest is history.

Oh, did I mention that I’m also a Registered Nurse? This is the job that allowed me the finances to hone my skills to become a full-time artist. And adds mad healing skills for all your decorating ailments.

A little bit of shameless self-promotion

My artwork has the good fortune of being collected by some colorful collectors. Such as a movie producer, doctors, a lawyer, accountants, interior designers, and a sports franchise owner (names not revealed to protect the innocent). My work can also be found in The Hilton, Wells Fargo, and museum collections. But wait – there’s more, but I won’t bore you. My full bio is at the bottom of this page.

So the addiction grows

I started out my art practice doing portraits of horses. Finding this tediously boring and non-creative, I started exploring other styles of painting. This search led me to an abstract-expressionist mentor. One of the first exercises we did was using movement from our body to make marks on the surface with a large brush with arm extended straight out. The mark I made was just a simple, large black swipe across a 4 ft piece of paper taped to the wall. But the movement contained in that mark captivated me. I was addicted. This is it – this energy is what I wanted to bring to my work!

And I’ve been in pursuit of that energy ever since.

My goal

is to transfer this energy into my work, whether representational or nonrepresentational.

Turning water into wine

All the planets and stars have aligned for me to live, breath and finally be able to combine my two passions-art and horses. So if you’re ready for a piece of this truly inspired art…

Call me

Or email. I would more than happy to answer any questions you have about anything you see here or discuss your ideas for a custom piece.

386 295 0035

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What a few collectors have to say

I was looking through the magazine "Mountain Living" when I first saw Melissa’s art. I fell in love with it! We are building a Mountain Contemporary home in the Lake Tahoe area and thought it would be perfect in our new home! Being that it is an original art piece made it even more special for us! We loved the beautiful colors and the contemporary abstract feel to her beautiful painting and knew it would be a stunning piece featured in our home. We have shared her painting with our friends and family in hopes that we can bring more of her work to our area. Melissa shows her energy and passion through her paintings that resonates into a beautiful piece of art that we will enjoy for many years to come. Thank you for sharing your work!” -Sandra &Cliff Chase

As an avid equestrian and an interior designer I always think of Melissa Mason and her art as my go to for my clients. Her work is modern, yet earthy and her grasp of color is beautiful.Her large-scale paintings are absolutely gorgeous and always work well in any interior from traditional to modern.She will also go the extra mile to paint commissions to go with any color scheme and has an excellent eye for scale and installation. Love working with her.”-Kairen

Selected Exhibitions/Awards

2017 TEW Gallery Atlanta GA-Solo Show
           Roan + Black Gallery Saugatuck MI-Solo Show
           Art-Prov Gallery Providence RI-4 person show
           LeMoyne Center for the Visual Art Tallahassee FL-"Outside The Lines" 4 person show
2016 Ormond Museum of Art Ormond FL "Outside The Lines" 4 person show
           Roan + Black Saugatuck MI-group show
2015 Spectrum Miami FL
           MAC Fine Art, Ft Lauderdale FL
           Roan + Black Gallery Saugatuck MI
2014 TEW Gallery, Atlanta GA
           Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck MI
2013 Roan & Black Gallery, Saugatuck MI
2012 EQUUS2 person Show, TEW gallery, Atlanta, GA
           Solo show, Marleau Gallery,  Saugerties,  NY
2011 THROUGH THE COLLECTORS EYE-group show at the Florida Museum of Women   Artist, Deland, FL
           NEO EXPRESSIONS: Three person show-Hollingsworth Gallery,  Palm Coast,  FL
2010 ART LEAGUE MEMBERS SHOW-Achievement Award,  Daytona Beach. FL
2009 COLOR MY WORLD   2 person show- Art League of Daytona Beach, FL
            ART LEAGUE MEMBERS SHOW-1st Place, Daytona Beach, FL
2008 PICTURING FLORIDA-group show, Fogle Fine Art, Jacksonville, FL
            Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ & Owners’ Association Art Show-group show, Ocala, FL
            HORSES & HEALING BENEFIT ART EXHIBIT: Casselberry City Hall, FL
            ARTIST WORKSHOP 50TH ANNIVERSARY MEMBERS SHOW-Best of Show, New Smyrna Beach, FL
2007 EQUUS: THE ART OF THE HORSE-group show,  Museum of Florida Art-Deland FL
            EQUINE ART-group show, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
            EQUIFEST-Featured Artist, Deland Museum of Art, FL
            WASHINGTON THROROUGHBRED FOUNDATION EQUINE ART-2nd place and peoples' choice awards, Auburn, WA
2006 EQUIFEST-Award of Merit, Museum of Florida Art, Deland, FL


Picturing Florida-from the 1st Coast to the Space Coast, a book featuring 38 Florida artists
Horse Sayings-wit & wisdom straight from the horse’s mouth
HITS-2008 Winter Circuit cover artist
Arbus-N. Florida’s Arts & Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2008
 Backstage Pass  Feb 2008
Orlando Arts Magazine May/June 2008


Museum of Art and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
Museum of Florida Art, Deland FL
Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
Del FriscoGrille, Houston,  TX
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Ocala, FL
The Towers at Williams Square, Irving, TX
SQ Advisors Naples FL
Beaux-Art Group Tampa FL
Bank of America Minneapolis MN
University of Kentucky Federal Credit Union, Lexington KY
Eilan Hotel + Spa San Antonio TX




Creating beauty and order out of chaos, I find it endlessly challenging and fulfilling to start with randomness and then follow it to see where it leads me.  Chance happenings are both catalyst and guide.  Alternating between calculated drawing and gestural mark-making; focused exploration and spontaneous experimentation; thoughtful color placement and impulsive splashes of paint, I explore the balance between extremes. These paintings, a record of that dialogue, meld my innate need to create with a desire to evoke a visceral response in the viewer.