“An Artist is a Performer on the Canvas. A Dancer with a Paintbrush. A Musician with the Paint. A Poet in each Stroke.” The mantra of ARTIST with HOPE, aka Melissa Patterson. A CalArts alum, Melissa reveals complex intimate emotions through art. Passion for sharing hope drives this Artist, Author, and Advocate for People with Disabilities. ARTIST with HOPE’s goal in life is to INSPIRE people to look within themselves, TRANSFORM hearts, and bring JOY. She longs for people to feel ACCEPTANCE, VALUE, and LOVE.