The works featured in this gallery are from my Expectations and my Environmental Factors series'.  The common thread that has bound them all is my deep interest in psychology and the desire to understand that which instigates or influences the development of our behaviors, opinions, and decision making.  They confront expectations and perceived reality as it relates to gender roles, relationships and sexuality, politics or religion, mental health, and social constructs and systems. The works are directional and stage setting, but not conclusive so that the viewer is invited to bring their context to the narrative. 
Fishing for a Wishing
Fishing for a Wishing

2020 Mixed Media, Assemblage, and Collage on Wood Panel 60" x 30" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Fishing for a Wishing
Fishing for a Wishing

Detail

Fishing for a Wishing
Fishing for a Wishing

Detail

The Other Side of Green
The Other Side of Green

2020 Mixed Media, Assemblage, and Collage on Wood Panel 60" x 30" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art. Sold in Private Collection of Radford University Art Museum

The Other Side of Green
The Other Side of Green

Detail

The Other Side of Green
The Other Side of Green

Detail

Careful What You Wish For
Careful What You Wish For

2019 Mixed Media 35" x 27" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

What A Mighty Good Man
What A Mighty Good Man

2019 Mixed Media and Collage on Wood Panel 60" x 30" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

What a Mighty Good Man
What a Mighty Good Man

Detail Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Placebo Platter
Placebo Platter

2019 Mixed Media 35" x 27" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Dirty Thirty
Dirty Thirty

2018 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Sold in Private Collection Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Then Comes an Identity Crisis
Then Comes an Identity Crisis

2018 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art. Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Wishful Thinking
Wishful Thinking

2018 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Sold In Private Collection Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Independence Day
Independence Day

2018 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Enjoying the View
Enjoying the View

2018 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Care-full
Care-full

2018 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Sleep Pattern
Sleep Pattern

2017 Mixed Media 22" x 30" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Helicoptor Parenting
Helicoptor Parenting

2017 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Urban Pollution
Urban Pollution

2017 Mixed Media 22" x 30" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Prenatal Stress
Prenatal Stress

2017 Mixed Media 24" x 18" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Rural Access
Rural Access

2017 Mixed Media 24" x 18" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Side Effects
Side Effects

2017 Mixed Media 24" x 18" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Parental Neglect
Parental Neglect

2017 Mixed Media 22" x 30" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Physical Trauma
Physical Trauma

2017 Mixed Media 24" x 18" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Childhood Trauma
Childhood Trauma

2017 Mixed Media 24" x 18" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Public Educator
Public Educator

2017 Mixed Media 24" x 18" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Natural Disaster
Natural Disaster

2017 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Lifestyle Choices
Lifestyle Choices

2017 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Political Culture
Political Culture

2017 Mixed Media 22" x 30" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.

Veteran
Veteran

2017 Mixed Media 30" x 22" Copyright © Melissa Schappell Art.