Melissa Schatzmann draws realistic pencil drawings. She was born in Toronto, Ontario but raised in Belleville, since the age of two. As a child, she was inspired by Canadian artist, Robert Bateman and Carl Brenders along with a few other wildlife artists.
Through many years of dedication and patience, drawing has helped her to pay closer attention to the smaller details in life that are often unnoticed in our daily lives. Graphite and coloured pencils allow Melissa to bring realism into her drawings in controlling each stroke and through the trained vision of her eyes.
Melissa has taught both children and adults how to draw for the past 19 years through private classes and Loyalist College’s Continuing Education Department. As well, she has designed Canada’s first online drawing and coloured pencil courses being offered through Continuing Education in Community Colleges. These courses are now in thirteen Ontario Colleges. The online courses have been successful in teaching individuals how to draw in the comfort of their own home with the guidance of step by step lessons and demonstrations.
While her wildlife and children portraits have been commissioned throughout Canada, U.S. and Europe, she has also participated in many group exhibitions, juried exhibitions, studio tours, festivals and solo exhibitions in showcasing her work. She has been awarded in many juried exhibitions for her portraits and wildlife drawings including an Honourable Mention and Member Choice Awards.
Melissa’s realistic pencil drawings have been published in a high school textbook through McGraw-Hill Ryerson as well as an international promotional brochure through Sakura Products of America for her earlier work in pointillism. Her coloured pencil work has been on the front cover of Ann Kullberg’s magazine, From My Perspective.
Melissa is also an avid photographer and enjoys taking photographs of wildlife and nature subjects. She lives with her family in the beautiful City of Belleville on the Bay of Quinte.