Melissa Hefferlin original painting


Andaluza | Oil on Linen | 36.5" x 30"

The Flamenco Dance is, in essence, the quintessential Spanish culture at its most vibrant! This portrait captures the overall essence and sophisticated energy of that dance and is a colorful and elegant example of that crucial portion of Andaluzian culture. Melissa and her husband (fellow artist Daud Akhriev) spend half of their year in Andaluza, Spain where they’ve befriended Marta, a delightful flamenco dancer. Take your time… and examine the flourishes in brushwork and the painterly skill in capturing the right hand. Notice too, the balance and potent diagonal line formed in this composition which connects the hand, the heart, and the very mind and spirit of Marta. Andaluza truly ranks as one of the more sophisticated and unforgettable originals we’ve been blessed to receive… we hope you like it.

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Caran d'Ache Award Spanish National Pastel Biennial Oviendo, Spain 2018
Great American Painting Award Pastel Society of America National Juried Exhibition NYC 2017
Selected Artist Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition2017
Selected Artist Pastel Society of America National Juried Exhibition NYC 2017
Signature Status Pastel Society of America 2016
Salmagundi Club Non-Member National Competition 2016
Member with Distinction American Women Artists 2016
Finalist, American Women Artists Spring Exhibition Online 2016
Finalist, Artist Magazine Annual International Competition, 2016
National Purchase Prize, City of Olvera, Andalusia, Spain 2013
American Artist, feature article, June, 2009
Salmagundi Award of Excellence at the National Juried Pastel Society of America NYC 2008
21st Century Waterfront Monumental Mural, Winner of the All-State competition
Popular Choice, National Exhibition Oil Painters of America Still Life 2003
Artist in Residence Robert M. MacNamara Foundation, Westport, Maine 2003


American Women Artists, Member with Distinction
Oil Painters of America
Pastel Society of America - Signature Member
ASPAS (Association of Spanish Pastel Painters)
Union of Russian Fine Artists Full Member
Co-Founder, Co-Designer Serithea Silk Scarves



Hunter Museum of American Art, USA
Academy of Fine Art Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Seimens Collection, USA
Memorial Hospital, USA
Southern Adventist University, USA
UNUM Provident Life Insurance Corporation, USA University of Tennessee Chattanooga, USA Southern Adventist University Church,  TN USA
Siskin Children’s Hospital USA
Mask Cotton, Memphis Tennessee USA
City Hall, City of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee USA
City Hall (Ayuntamiento), Olvera, Spain
City Hall (Ayuntamiento) Ronda, Spain