MELISSA HEFFERLIN (1968 - ) Melissa Hefferlin was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. She studied at the The Academy of Fine Arts (Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture) in St. Petersburg, Russia, under Andrei Mylnikov , from 1990 to 1991. She was the only American to study at that academy during the Soviet period, and was preceded only by James Whistler, who studied there in 1884. She also attended the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga under Alan White, and Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where she apprenticed with painter Michael Newberry. Currently, Hefferlin exhibits with Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio, TX; and with Gallery 1401, Chattanooga, TN and Gallery Kartina in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Pastel Painters of Spain and Painters and Sculptors of Spain. Hefferlin has guest-taught at the University of Tennessee and was Professor of Painting at Southern Adventist University for two years. In 1999 she co-wrote a coffee table book about Russian painting, Traditions Rediscovered, the Finley Collection of Russian Art. She has lectured on Russian art history. She speaks Russian fluently, and hobbles along in Spanish. Hefferlin now lives in Andalusia, Spain with her artist husband.