Featured Patreon: Melissa Gay

Melissa Gay is a Nashville-based illustrator of books and games, whose greatest inspirations are science and folklore. Her lifelong art quest is to create a satisfying visual balance between precise detail and hazy obscurity. Her award-winning Imaginative Realist works have been featured in ImagineFX Magazine, io9, tor.com, and several of the Infected By Art anthologies. Besides making art, she is never happier than when hiking, climbing on rocks, or staring into the night sky. She can whistle a passable screech owl call.


After spending her career drawing and painting other people's visions, Melissa is on a quest to learn, explore, and grow as an artist and make worlds of her own. She aspires to be like the protagonist in her painting Harvest, gathering inspirations from everywhere and bringing them to her patrons in the form of new art! 

New personal art will take the form of plein-air landscape studies, imagined space scenes, character portraits, thumbnail sketches, and large oil paintings. Patrons will get to see this content before it’s released anywhere else, and Melissa will even share her inspirations, thought processes, and observations on materials and techniques. 

Melissa’s Patreon currently has 1 tier - Pay what you Like! For $1 or more a month this is what you’ll get:

You are helping me to create the art I love!!! You have all my thanks for whatever you care to give.

For now my Patreon is Pay What You Like. This may change later on as I figure this whole Patreon thing out, but if there are any changes, I will notify you all in advance. I want this process to be as transparent as possible.

What you get for your patronage is early access to all my personal art and process discussions, as I create it, before I show it anywhere else! Plus I will share with you any story vignettes that play around in my head while I'm creating said art. Welcome to my journey!

Support Melissa on Patreon Today!