Melissa Miller Anderson (b. 1964) is a Southerner at heart. She is well traveled and studied in France but finds that her true roots are in southern culture and heritage. After nine years as a practicing lawyer she found her way to an easel. Legal briefs became paint on a canvas and her language transformed to create and persuade - now in oil paint.  Melissa is known for her use of color and loose brushwork. Much of her work is painted in her Greenville, SC studio. Her work hangs in  Greenville County Museum of Art, 


University of SC School of Law, Greenville Spartanburg International Airport and Clemson School of Nursing in the Prisma Health System. Her paintings are in many private collections in the southeast and beyond. She exhibits regularly at Mary Praytor Gallery and her Greenville studio location.

Artist Statement

My work is a layering process. I am interested in the way the paint is applied to the canvas - brushwork and the mix of colors create the design. My canvas has a clear subject but I use color and tools to alter the design, softening the edges. I paint flowers, still life, landscapes and figures. I am driven by the shapes and colors of the subject matter but only as a starting point. I am a contemporary impressionist painter seeking to pull the subject from the canvas, intuitively applying paint and at the same time scraping it off.


Melissa Anderson
Born: Camden, NJ 1964
Education: 1989 University of South Carolina, Juris Doctor

1985 Honors College of Univ. of South Carolina, BA cum laude in Political Science, French minor

1985 University of Sorbonne, Paris, France



2021    Historical Fiction,  Sift Gallery, McMillan Pazden Smith,  Greenville SC - July 1- Sept. 30 2021

2015    Elegance of Native Soul, Mitchell Hill Gallery, King St., Charleston, SC

2014    Hidden Treasures: Landscapes of South Carolina, Greenville Chamber of Commerce

             Peach Blossoms on Hwy 11,  Office of Congressman Trey Gowdy, Washington  DC

2013    My Muse - Inside the Studio, Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2011    Works by Melissa Anderson,  Centre Stage, Greenville, SC

             Colors of My World,  Chamber of Commerce, Greenville, SC

2010    Cocktails & Art,  Artist in Residence, Greenville, SC

2009    Colors of My Palette,  Artist in Residence, Greenville, SC

2021    Historical Fiction: Faces of Claussen's Bakery, shift., Greenville, SC 




2021     Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition,  MAC for Artisphere, Greenville, SC

2016     Artists Touched by Carl Blair, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville SC

              KÄR’Ne-VeL: A Celebration of Artistic Revelry, Greenville Center for Arts

2014     The Seed Fairy Comes,  Art & Light Gallery, Greenville, SC

2013     Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition,  MAC for Artisphere, Greenville, SC

2012     Women Painters of the SE, Juried Exhibition, Corse Gallery & Atelier, Jacksonville, FLA

2011     FROM A to V: Anderson & Verhoeven,  Merge at Innovate, Greenville, SC

              Flat Out Under Pressure,  Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC

2010    A Portrait of Greenville, Greenville County Museum of Art, SC

             Greenville Seen,  Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville SC

             Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition, Centre Stage, Greenville, SC

            12 x 12,  Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC“

             Flat Out Under Pressure, Metropolitan Arts Council, Greenville, SC



Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC 

University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, SC

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Concourse B

Prisma Health System, Clemson University School of Nursing, Greenville, SC

Office of Congressman Trey Gowdy, Washington, DC (2014-19)

The City of Greenville, Office of Mayor Knox White

Joan Herlong & Assoc., Sotheby’s International Realty, Greenville, SC

Grimes, Teich, Anderson, Asheville, NC

County Bank, Greenville, SC

Kent Worldwide Development

McCall House, Simpsonville, SC

The Cascades, Greenville, SC

Greenville High School

                                     , Greenville, SC

Augusta Grille


  •                                                                             Greenville Journal, 10/31/19 

  • True Colors: Contemporary Impressionist Melissa Anderson Answers Her Creative Calling, TOWN Magazine, Oct. 2014

  • Working from the Outside In, Greenville Journal 4/6/2018


Private and corporate commission inquiries are welcome. Collaboration with individuals, designers and consultants can lead to finding or creating the right piece for a particular spot. Please contact Melissa for specific requests and information. Commissions are priced according to the size, scale and subject of the art.

Melissa (mobile): 864-430-2407