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Floral Fascination — Art and Surface Design

“I think some of my pieces are more about the colors used than the subject matter,” laughs Polomsky. “I’m a color queen.”

Meet Woodlander Melissa Polomsky, creator of The Artwerks, an art studio where home décor, jewelry and fabrics are designed with fun colors, patterns and flowers. You can see Polomsky’s work across the curated pages of interior design magazines and on a variety of products in all 50 states and 25 countries!

It all started in 2010 with a piece of original artwork produced during one of her Sam Houston State University art classes (while earning her BFA in Studio Art & Art history). It was kind of a sketchy, quick, warm-up painting made with watercolors —an experimentation on paper with some quick colors and textural strokes. She uploaded photos of the work to her then-fledgling Etsy site where an interior designer in Australia wanted to make fabric for a pillow from the artwork.

“It’s crazy to think that a warm-up artwork could completely change the direction of my career,” explains Polomsky. “Now I spend much of my time turning my original art into digital surface designs.“

Most of Polomsky’s artworks are printed and sold as fabric by the yard as a supply for other businesses to use to create their products and sold on Spoonflower, Etsy, Amazon, Wayfair and eBay, to name a few. Her other popular seller is wallpaper, which has made a comeback in interior design.

Polomsky’s designs have also been turned into other interesting products , including rainboots, books, wedding invitations/envelopes, bridesmaids’ dresses, haute couture fashion on the runway, stilettos, boots, baby shoes, all sorts of baby clothes, adult clothing, pillows, purses/bags, blankets…you name it!

Last year, Polomsky was thrilled to participate in providing her art for the Swag Bags for the press and special attendees of the 2018 Academy Awards through “The Artisan Group.”

The flowers and leaves in her garden inspire her artworks. Although she loves to work with paints to create her designs, she also enjoys working with other mediums. In her current collection, you can see a strong mix of watercolor, acrylic, watercolor pencil, Prismacolor and oil pastel.

“I think some of my pieces are more about the colors used than the subject matter,” laughs Polomsky. “I’m a color queen.”

In kindergarten, she requested the largest Crayola color box of 64 crayons for her school supplies, as the requisite eight crayons for elementary school just wouldn’t do it for her!

Recently, she took a trip to the United States Botanic Gardens in Washington, D.C. armed with colored pencils, marker sets, paints and a sketchbook which she says helped shape her latest body of work.

Polomsky is like a bird, constantly in motion — taking care of her family and pets, sketching, putting together color palettes, painting, swiping through interesting imagery on her iPad, tending to her garden, teaching others to enjoy art — all of it leading to her colorful artwork creations and robust surface design collections she shares with her fans.

Polomsky credits her success to her early art teachers, Melanie Hunt and Tracy Viser, for believing in her art and her family for believing in her.

Born in Houston, Polomsky and husband, Patrick, moved to The Woodlands area in 2006. They have one daughter, Alexia, who is seven years old and two dogs and one cat.

To see Melissa Polomsky’s latest color explosion follow The Artwerks on Facebook and Instagram and visit