Melissa Allensworth is an artist and photographer based in Orange County, CA. Her world was abruptly shattered on February 18, 2008 when she suffered a spinal cord injury from a motor vehicle accident and became paralyzed from the chest down. The injury has influenced the way she expresses herself through her art. Her creative process is much like therapy and serves as a means of reflection, transformation and healing. The paintings, large and small oils on canvas, are expressions of mood and emotion. They can be viewed as an exploration of movement, color and texture. The photographs express her feelings of her surroundings. She attempts to bring her experiences to the viewer and evoke an emotional response.