“Ophelia’s mind went wandering, you’d wonder where she’d gone. Through secret doors down corridors, she’d wander them alone, all alone…” natalie merchant Ophelia is very much alive in my rendition of her. She doesn’t fall, she lays herself down on the bank of the river in an attempt to wash the tragic and overbearing out […]

Ed not Ed

Sometimes as an artist, you really struggle with a painting. ‘Ed not Ed’ was that painting for me. I’ve had this painting playing out in my head for about a year. Crazy, I know. I could see it perfectly, and every detail was there in live action. Ed happily gazing up at the 3 dragonflies […]


Change is inevitable.  You’ve got a 50-50 chance that change will lead to something good/better.  You know the risks and weigh your options but you really never know until you take the leap.  After living in Los Angeles all my life, going to school, starting my career, meeting my husband and getting married, having our […]

Tightrope for Toyota

Most of the paintings I design via We Talk Chalk turn into hand painted 3D street paintings which are amazing and beautiful and super fun, and sometimes exhausting, to create!  But over the last few years, I’ve created several digital 3D paintings that I paint in photoshop and then have printed on vinyl via our […]

Water, water, everywhere!

Since my last post, I had the opportunity to expand the Shark painting at the Monte Carlo by creating a digital addition around the existing painting.  We wanted to make sure that people were drawn into the space to view and pose with the shark – really transform the space as a whole.  Monte Carlo’s […]

Trick-Eye Experience

New projects are always exciting and in all the time that I worked as a free lance artist my favorite projects were always the ones that required international travel.  Painting in a Country you’ve never visited before or one that you really love and experiencing the culture and peoples reaction to your work is an […]

Paper to Canvas

Since starting We Talk Chalk in 2012, I’ve designed almost every painting that we’ve produced.  On average we’ve been creating about 100 paintings per year with our incredible team.  So, I usually design 2-3 paintings a week. And considering I sketch 2-3 designs for the client to choose from, that’s over 300 sketches a year. lol…I […]

New Mural and Memories made

Since my last post in April, I held our first Montross Mural Studio workshop and created 7 new murals in the neighboring town of Colonial Beach! It’s been a long summer of street painting and murals but the workshop was a highlight 🙂 So, the July Mural Workshop went really well and I had a great group of students. […]

Fredericksburg Star

Robert Hedelt of the Fredericksburg Star has written several wonderful articles on the Murals we’ve created in Montross and now he’s promoted Montross Mural Studio!  I’ve pasted the article below but you can also follow the above link!  Thank you Robert! As one of the world’s premiere muralists and street painters, Melanie Stimmell Van Latum […]

Montross Mural Studio is my ‘YES’

When the idea of Montross Mural Studio popped into my head Remco and I had a vision of it growing into a place that would host students and artists from around the globe.  ‘Dream big’ right?  I certainly did not expect to have that be the case for our first workshop or even within the […]