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Inspiring Blue Water Artist: Melissa Leaym-Fernandez

artist at work

By Karrie Beck

When I first met Melissa, I knew I was meeting a yoga instructor, but what I didn’t know was that I was also meeting a local artist with a passion for artistic expression and a drive to encourage others to live healthier lives.

Melissa started her club, Fat Chicks Running, as a way to encourage women to love their bodies and get those bodies moving toward better health. Through her honest, light-hearted approach, Melissa inspires women to accept themselves as they are. She credits running as the thing that saved her life. To read more on her story, visit Melissa’s Blog.

Melissa Leaym-Fernandez and her Elephantworks Studio, showcases some of the most vivid and strikingly bold art collections around. Her “Love my Michigan” series encapsulates the heart of our own Blue Water Area- summer beaches and all its memories, and ‘winters in the woods.’

“Elephantworks Studio is about fine art, celebrating life, fun, family, and color.” Melissa Fernandez

For more on Melissa, visit

The Blue Water Area is full of creative and talented people who inspire and challenge our thinking. Do you have someone in mind you’d like to share with us at Blue Water Healthy Living? Write to us! “Like” us on Facebook.



About the author

Karrie Beck

Karrie earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University and went to work as an educator for Port Huron Schools in 2002. During that time earned her Master’s Degree and began a journey which included teaching assignments in grades K-8. Blessed is how she refers to this opportunity to write and promote the local area she loves.

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