This morning we met a Marketplace seller who is ready to help add some color to your herd with their realistic rope halters! But what happens if your favorite model breaks? This afternoon we introduce you to an artist who not only paints and sculpts custom pieces, but she restores and fixes models as well!
Meet Melissa Cox of Ruby Red Studio!
Melissa says she does not know what life would be like without horses, real or models! Still residing in the Philadelphia area where she grew up, her family always has been involved in the horse industry - her grandparents were involved in horse racing, her mom in Grand Prix jumping, and herself in polo during her teen years. As she grew up, she knew she wanted to continue in the horse industry and as an art lover decided to combine her two passions. Since her very first experiences working with clay in Kindergarten, Melissa has been hooked on sculpting and loves how artists can create such life-like, dimensional depictions.
In addition to her passion for sculpting, Melissa’s favorite media for finish work are pastels, oils, acrylic, and pencil. She also is currently studying to find more accurate resources and materials to restore and conserve models in both original finish and custom work. She loves the science behind restoring and learning how different chemicals and materials react with each other and is looking forward to furthering her education. She hopes to bring a whole new way of restoring and conserving models to the hobby.
This year’s BreyerFest will be her 16th in a row! She first found out about BreyerFest in the late 90s’ through the Breyer catalog and from pictures and articles in JAH magazine. Melissa is looking forward to being able to showcase her work for the first time this year as a part of the Artisans’ Gallery and you can see her work here.
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