Melissa Miller Nece, CPSA, CPX, MAA is regarded as one of the foremost colored pencil artists in the country. Her enthusiasm and humor have made her a favorite speaker for arts groups, and she has inspired many others to try colored pencils through her classes and workshops. She has taught colored pencil, drawing, and oil and acrylic painting at the Dunedin Fine Art Center since 1990, and many workshops in Florida and as far away as South Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
Melissa is president, a ten year merit signature member and a CPX signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Prior to that, Melissa was CPSA’s ways and means director for eight years and she served two terms as president of CPSA District Chapter 113. She is also a signature member and board member of the Miniature Artists of America, a member of the Florida Artist Group, board member of the Professional Association of Visual Artist and a member and past board member of the Miniature Art Society of Florida.
Melissa developed a mixed media technique featured in a step-by-step article she wrote for the October 2012 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Other publications featuring her artwork include CPSA Signature Showcase, Modern Masters of Miniature Art in America, Creative Colored Pencil Portraits, American Artist and Drawing Highlights magazines, The Best of Colored Pencil, volumes 2, 3, and 5, and other books. She has worked with several manufacturers of art products who have used her work in advertising, packaging and promotional materials. Her drawings and paintings are in many private and corporate collections, including the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, the city of Clearwater, and the Pencil Museum in Keswick, England.