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Melissa Whitaker of Color Splash: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became An Artist
Illustration of Daniel DiGriz working in his office.
How Digital Artists are Creating and Selling
Digital illustration for Artsy Shark
"Surfs Up" by Melissa Whitaker


The Thriving Artist Podcast
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Listen to Melissa Whitaker talk about her work for companies across the US, bringing her signature pop-graphic-noir style to their branding and storytelling.

You can find it on all major podcast platforms such as iTunes, Stitcher, Android, iHeart, and on The Clark Hulings Fund site.


About Town

The Tree of Life Artwork received first place in the first annual Ooh! Art Billboard contest in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The artwork went up on several digital billboards in the regional area and 1 papered billboard on the corner of Mt. Auburn and State Hwy 74 in Cape Girardeau.

1st Place - Tree of Life, Melissa Whitaker

2nd Place - A Change is Gonna Come, Jim Gokkel

3rd Place -  Untitled , Brian Alworth


Photo of Melissa Whitaker with billboard of Tree of Life
"Tree of Life" billboard in Cape Girardeau, MO

Current Exhibitions

Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

Artwork to be displayed throughout 2021 in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  New artwork monthly,

16 S. Spanish St., Cape Girardeau, MO

Wonderfully charming studio and gallery at 13150 State Highway 72, Millersville, MO.  Artwork, prints, jewelry and mosaics on sale throughout the year.  OPEN HOUSE on June 12, 2021 so check it out.

A parody image of the painting American Gothic.  The couple is standing in front of a camper trailer and dressed in a hawaiian shirt and track suit.
"Iowa Snow Birds" Digital Illustration

Exibizone Winter 2021


"This work is not only fun (at least the indifferent young girl is) but could also be seen as social commentary in a world of endless 9 to 5 workers in line to begin their day of drudgery and who are oblivious to the young girl who is truly enjoying herself. The hallucinogenic bubbles are intruding the viewers space while the remainder of the composition lives in two planes, the plane of the silhouetted people in the queue and the girl on the wall. I could imagine that if Norman Rockwell lived 3 generations later he might have done a work like this. He took his jabs at social commentary as well and influenced people more than any politician ever could." ~ Allen Ruttenberg


Artwork exhibited in online gallery
"Care Less"

September 2020

February 2020-2021

December  2019

September  2019


January 2015-2017

July 2014

July 2015

July 2013

June 2013 - January 2014

July 2012

May 2012

October 2011


June 2008



Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Members Exhibition

Free Spirit Studio

Art Council of Southeast Missouri

Art Council of Southeast Missouri

Visual Artist Coop

Metro Title

Black Door Gallery  "Feminine Perspective"

Black Door Gallery  "Feminine Perspective"

Black Door Gallery  "Feminine Perspective"

Jones Art Gallery

All Things Considered- Las Laguna Gallery

CONSEQUENCES - arc gallery & studios

Bilderbach Art Plaza - Solo Exhibitio

Cadmium River Art Studio

Black Door Gallery   Grant Lund Workshop




"The Yellow Boots" Ink on Yupo
"The Yellow Boots" Ink on Yupo