MELISSA HEFFERLIN is studied at the Otis Parsons Art Institute, Los Angeles, California and in St. Petersburg, Leningrad at the Academy of Art under A.A. Mylnikov.  She has been a professional, international artist for twenty-five years.  She is known for her whimsical still life, portraiture and equestrian imagery in oils and pastels.  She is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Union of Russian Artists St. Petersburg Russia, and the Association of Pastel Painters of Spain.  She is a Signature member of Pastel Society of America.  She has  won awards for excellence at NYC’s Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, Salon International, Association of Women Artists, and many others.  Her work has been published widely, including Artists Magazine and American Art Collector Magazine.  She has work in the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Semens Corporation art collection, the museum of the Russian Academy of Art, Southern University to name a few.  Hefferlin’s mediums are oil painting, pastel painting, ink wash and relief painting.  She teaches workshops around the Southeastern United States and in Spain where she resides and paints 6 months of the year.  Melissa and her husband, Daud Akhriev maintain a working studio in Chattanooga, TN for the remaining 6 months.  Melissa will be conducting a workshop at the Anderson Gallery ~ March 5-7 on Composition and pattern in a still life.