Melissa Speed

Location: Cressbrook   /  Genre: Pastel Artist

Artist Statement

Melissa Speed is a pastelist who works exclusively with soft pastels. Her speciality lies in portraiture, occasionally venturing into creating other pieces such as seascapes. She aims for the portraits to narrate compelling stories about the sitters and captivate the viewer, allowing them to traverse time, space, and social barriers through art, bringing them into the sitter’s world. Melissa believes that through art people can understand the unspoken and revel in the extraordinary.

Her sitters include local residents and members of the public, as well as people well-known in their fields such as John Tams and Fleur East. The British coast also features heavily in her work.

Longlisted for several art awards during 2023, she also participated in the tenth series of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. Judges praised her storytelling through visual art. Art Historian Kate Bryan exclaimed "I love Melissa's pastels," and award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg described her as a "great colourist."

Venue Information

Cressbrook Collective
The Cressbrook
Middle Row
SK17 8SX

Cressbrook is south of Litton and the venue is in the top part of the village. Approaching from Litton, stay on the top road when entering the village and the venue is on your right, next to the phone box.

Disabled access is partial