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About the Artist

Specializing in International PhotoTherapy, Portraiture, Lomography, Event and Fashion Photography.

If you seek Beauty, You will find Beauty . . .

Melissa Schilling, a published writer and photographer, has spent the last ten years restlessly roving the planet raising awareness of the power of artistic and culinary expression. She has spent time coordinating photo-art therapy in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, searching for huitlecoche on the Mayan Riviera, riding bicycles through Patagonia, cooking Basque food in the Pais Vasco and deep-sea fishing off the coast of Cuba. Melissa speaks in sparkles. Her ideas are known to cause tremors of activity, and her movements cause ripples in those around her. Underneath her skin lies the spirit of Beryl Markham and the tongue of an auctioneer. She learned everything she knows from her mother and she’s proud to admit it.

After earning a B.A. in Communications and an M.S. in Soil Science, she launched her cheese and wine consulting entity, Praise Cheeses. She has been providing delight and education for Microsoft, Ebay, Yahoo, Hewlett Packard and Google, as well as teaching cooking classes to special needs children at a small art studio. She also regularly contributes food articles to Edible East Bay Magazine and the Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper.

When she’s not teaching, roller skating or knee deep in her garden, you can usually find Melissa Schilling laughing.

Melissa is working on a Culinary Roadtrip Cookbook (sipsnapsavor.com) … She also teaches consumable art classes through her consulting business, Praise Cheeses (praisecheeses.net)