Fine Art Prints and Originals

Sydney, Australia

melissajhartley is taking a short break


Note from shop owner My shop will be closed while I take a break till the end of June 2021. If you have an queries you can still message me and I will get back to you asap. Thank you for visiting!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 11, 2021

My shop will be closed while I take a break till the end of June 2021. If you have an queries you can still message me and I will get back to you asap. Thank you for visiting!

Melissa Hartley

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Melissa Hartley


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About melissajhartley

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On Etsy since 2011

About Melissa Hartley

"From as long as I can remember I've always had a love and an urge to create. As a child I was always drawing and making things. At school I would create scenes in the margins of my school books depicting candy and all things girly, much to the amusements of my teachers!"

I'm a self taught artist, that studied graphic design and who has been working for the last 15 years in Publishing in Sydney and Edinburgh. In 2010 I decided to pick up the paint brush again and pursue my love of painting.

My compositions vary from simple, often nostalgic still-life studies with plain backgrounds, to darkly poetic female portraits against undefined backgrounds, in a void or dream-like state.

These mystical portraits of women, almost haunting in their beauty, are seeped in the natural world, each work contains an element of the supernaturally surreal. They are contradictions within themselves, brought to sensual life through surrealistic icons & symbols. Each subject is attractive yet somehow disturbing.

These paradoxes play an important part in my work, the subtly strange, with an intermingling of the pretty and obscure, distant and elusive, but at the same time sensual and enticing. These females seem like they could be from another world.

I'm inspired by many things, but my paintings predominately draw on the sublime beauty of nature, old traditional craftsmanship, especially botanical illustrations of the past, and fashion photography. I also like to incorporate tattoo designs on my females, melding this old world with the new.

I desire to create images of beauty and mystery that allow the viewer to find their own personal significance in them, traversing emotions that reside deep within our own subconscious.

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  • Melissa Hartley

    Owner, Artist

    Hi!, I'm Melissa Hartley. I’m an artist/graphic designer and I adore cats, drinking tea, anything French, movies, reading, and travelling, amongst other things. :)

Shop policies

Last updated on December 23, 2015
melissajhartley is my Etsy store name where I will be selling prints and originals made by the artist Melissa Hartley (me).

Please visit my website if you are interested in seeing more of my work.

If you have any questions please email me at
melissajhartley [!at]

Thanks for looking!

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Please see my shop policies regarding losses & damages.

Please message me with any concerns and I'll try to address them to your satisfaction.

If you are unsatisfied with the item you ordered please message me!

If a print arrives damaged, send me a picture of the damaged goods, and I'll send you a new print, free of charge.
* Please note that there is often a different address attached to your paypal account. Please make sure the correct address is on your invoice.
I aim to get your order out as soon as possible. Your order will be sent to you as soon as payment is received.

I pack my work very carefully, and unfortunately I cannot be held responsible for any damage which may occur during shipping, it is possible to send work by insured and registered mail for an extra cost. Please contact me before you buy something and I will check the prices. If you buy originals I recommend insured registered mail.

Originals are well packed in boxes. Large prints are shipped in an art tube to ensure they arrive in perfect condition. My shipping rates include shipping, handling and packaging costs.

I cannot guarantee arrival before Christmas or any other holiday. I will make my best efforts to ship quickly but if you think you need expedited shipping, please message me BEFORE ORDERING.

Packages lost or damaged within the postal system are not my responsibility. I do everything I can to get your order to you quickly and in good condition. If you are concerned about possible losses or damages, please message me before you order so I can arrange extra fees for insurance or upgraded shipping.