Original Whimsical Art

I am a New Jersey based artist. I create colorful whimsical art to celebrate the beauty of the natural world. My work spans a wide range of subject matter but always explores an abundance of bright color, texture, and wonderful nature. My art has been shown in galleries throughout the tri-state area and sold world wide. My current series of paintings focusses on life at the beach, to celebrate my coastal New Jersey upbringing.

Melissa Hood Beach Art


One Hundred Paintings to Celebrate the Beach Life

I am currently working on a series of paintings called 100 Shore Things in which I am painting one hundred Jersey Shore themed paintings in 100 days. I have collaborated with local photographers, residents, businesses, and the Point Beach Arts Committee to put this gigantic art project together. The painting process will take place from April 1, 2021 until July 10, 2021.

All of my paintings are created with markers! I use Posca markers, which are an opaque water based ink marker on canvas or wood to create all of my art.

Paintings will be posted daily on my social media, weekly in my blog, and also shown at live art events throughout the New Jersey Shore area.  Each painting will celebrate life at the Jersey Shore. I will be painting everything from the wildlife to the landmarks to the boats to the ice cream! If it can be found near the beach in Point Pleasant, I will be painting it!


Upcoming Events

  • Sun, Jun 27
    Centennial Park, Bay Head, NJ
    Jun 27, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Centennial Park, Bay Head, NJ, 83 Bridge Ave, Bay Head, NJ
    Melissa Hood will be exhibiting at the beautiful Art in the Park event in the gorgeous beach town, Bay Head, NJ

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