• Three whimsical gold-framed paintings hung above an elegant pink tufted bed flanked by two white bedside tables with white lamps, set against a plain light-colored wall in a bedroom.
  • A bright living room featuring two pink armchairs flanking a white fireplace with a large ornate golden frame displaying a whimsical painting of a woman adorned with a flower crown, placed between arched
  • An ornate gold-framed painting of a fairy riding a swan, exuding a whimsical charm, hangs above a white dresser in a bright room with pastel accents.
  • Four ornate gold-framed paintings of women, each in a surrealism style, hanging above a pink tufted sofa in an elegant living room setting.
  • A framed artistic painting by Melanie Stimmell of a woman with flowers in her hair is displayed between a glass container of straws and a vase with pink peonies on a white shelf.
  • A tranquil workspace with a painting by Melanie Stimmell featuring illustrations of a woman and an owl against a moon backdrop, surrounded by peonies, a candle, and a straw hat on a white
  • Art supplies including colored markers, paintbrushes, and a ruler scattered around an unfinished illustration of a woman with red hair and a whimsical pink rose on a marble surface.

Welcome to My Studio

I’M MELANIE STIMMELL VAN LATUM
Artist, Illustrator, and Creative Director

I’ve been a professional, full time artist for over 25 years and love sharing my work with Collectors and Clients all over the world. I create whimsical surrealist paintings and portraits in oils and soft pastel in my cozy Las Vegas Studio – Lovely paintings that showcase women in various roles as mother, maiden, and protector of nature. My work is both realistic and whimsical, capturing the essence of femininity and nature in a unique and captivating way. My paintings are known for their vivid colors, intricate details, and delicate brushstrokes, all of which come together to create beautiful, realistic depictions of women in their natural surroundings. Whether it’s a Goddess with a flock of winged creatures, or a young girl housing woodland creatures in her elaborate hair, my work celebrates the beauty and power of women as they connect with the magical wildlife of our world

Where To See Melanie’s Work

Logo of "we talk chalk" at Park West, featuring stylized text with the words "3d street painting" below it, all in grayscale.
Logo of Park West Gallery featuring a whimsical column in the shape of the letter "p" above the gallery’s name in a modern font.

Prints For Sale

From my Boutique

A smiling woman with shoulder-length brown hair, wearing a blue top, and a warm, friendly smile, indoors with a whimsically lit background featuring a textured, possibly wet, glass surface.

“I love Melanie’s enthusiasm for art, techniques and business. She naturally encourages people with step-by-step prompts and many resources to enhance their own creativity. I have learned to take my business to the next level by harnessing my class content, mailing lists and personal information, in a fun and interactive way.”

A woman with blonde hair smiling while embracing a large black dog in a Park West garden, surrounded by lush greenery. She wears large earrings and a pearl necklace.

“Melanie’s art is a unique whimsical, yet realistic style, that has a depth of story. Besides being a talented artist, she is a patient, detailed teacher, that has helped me tremendously in unfamiliar territories with my art skills, and marketing.”

Logo of Park West Gallery featuring a whimsical, geometric capital letter "T" resembling a column, in gray on a white background, with the name "Park West Gallery" underneath in black text.

“I couldn’t be happier with Melanie Stimmell’s debut,” said Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery. “Our New Year’s auctions are becoming an important launching pad for some of our most successful artists, and I’m pleased that Melanie was able to carry on that tradition.”

Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery
Portrait of a smiling woman with short gray hair, wearing a black top and earrings, seated indoors with a shelf displaying surrealism art in the background.

“Melanie has a sharp mind for creativity and business. Clever, thoughtful and kind, she is focused on bringing out the most important aspects of your creative business.”

A middle-aged woman with shoulder-length brown hair and bangs, smiling at the camera. She wears a whimsical white top and earrings, with a silver necklace.

“Melanie has been a great source for analyzing and creatively developing brands for emerging and established career artists. Her approach is genuine and can give that extra boost and polish of a professional image.”

An elderly man with glasses and a cap smiles at the camera, standing in front of a whimsical mural with large painted letters and a blue wave design.

“Melanie has been a successful creative professional for many years, has learned a lot and brings that experience to her classes. She makes good suggestions as to how artists can improve their work and market themselves better. She has done so with me and I’m happy to avail myself of her knowledge. I highly recommend Melanie’s courses.”

Close-up portrait of a smiling woman with short blonde hair, blue eyes, and wearing earrings. She appears joyful and whimsical as she looks directly at the camera.

“Melanie is an amazing creative professional who works well with diverse client groups to produce stellar results. An organized project manager with a strong work ethic, she gives generously of her time and coaching skills to ensure other project members deliver well on their part of the project. She inspires other artists and members of the community with her creativity and incredible talent. It is always a pleasure to work with this impressive artist.”

Kathy McLaughlin
A smiling woman with long, wavy auburn hair wearing a light blue top, looking to her right with a whimsical expression, in a brightly lit indoor setting.

“Melanie is magic. As an established artist and businesswoman, she asks all the right questions to unleash potential and growth for your business.”

An elderly man with glasses and a cap smiles at the camera, standing in front of a whimsical mural with large painted letters and a blue wave design.

“Melanie has been a successful creative professional for many years, has learned a lot and brings that experience to her classes. She makes good suggestions as to how artists can improve their work and market themselves better. She has done so with me and I’m happy to avail myself of her knowledge. I highly recommend Melanie’s courses.”

Portrait of a smiling woman with short gray hair, wearing a black top and earrings, seated indoors with a shelf displaying surrealism art in the background.

“Melanie has a sharp mind for creativity and business. Clever, thoughtful and kind, she is focused on bringing out the most important aspects of your creative business.”

Close-up portrait of a smiling woman with short blonde hair, blue eyes, and wearing earrings. She appears joyful and whimsical as she looks directly at the camera.

“Melanie is an amazing creative professional who works well with diverse client groups to produce stellar results. An organized project manager with a strong work ethic, she gives generously of her time and coaching skills to ensure other project members deliver well on their part of the project. She inspires other artists and members of the community with her creativity and incredible talent. It is always a pleasure to work with this impressive artist.”

Kathy McLaughlin
A smiling woman with shoulder-length brown hair, wearing a blue top, and a warm, friendly smile, indoors with a whimsically lit background featuring a textured, possibly wet, glass surface.

“I love Melanie’s enthusiasm for art, techniques and business. She naturally encourages people with step-by-step prompts and many resources to enhance their own creativity. I have learned to take my business to the next level by harnessing my class content, mailing lists and personal information, in a fun and interactive way.”

A woman with blonde hair smiling while embracing a large black dog in a Park West garden, surrounded by lush greenery. She wears large earrings and a pearl necklace.

“Melanie’s art is a unique whimsical, yet realistic style, that has a depth of story. Besides being a talented artist, she is a patient, detailed teacher, that has helped me tremendously in unfamiliar territories with my art skills, and marketing.”

A smiling woman with long, wavy auburn hair wearing a light blue top, looking to her right with a whimsical expression, in a brightly lit indoor setting.

“Melanie is magic. As an established artist and businesswoman, she asks all the right questions to unleash potential and growth for your business.”

A middle-aged woman with shoulder-length brown hair and bangs, smiling at the camera. She wears a whimsical white top and earrings, with a silver necklace.

“Melanie has been a great source for analyzing and creatively developing brands for emerging and established career artists. Her approach is genuine and can give that extra boost and polish of a professional image.”

Logo of Park West Gallery featuring a whimsical, geometric capital letter "T" resembling a column, in gray on a white background, with the name "Park West Gallery" underneath in black text.

“I couldn’t be happier with Melanie Stimmell’s debut,” said Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery. “Our New Year’s auctions are becoming an important launching pad for some of our most successful artists, and I’m pleased that Melanie was able to carry on that tradition.”

Albert Scaglione, Founder and CEO of Park West Gallery