Lauren M. Salopek, the artist behind ella mess art, is a self-taught artist who began focusing seriously on art in 2016, armed only with a set of watercolor pencils. From there, she has pushed herself to explore new ways of creating and using color to express what couldn't emerge in any other form. All her paintings are improvisational: there is little to no formal plan for the piece before beginning.

Having trained as a musician, actress, and writer, Lauren has had a lifelong love affair with art of all kinds. Painting has been a challenging, rewarding, and therapeutic addition to her artistic arsenal. She can't wait to see where this adventure takes her next.