Melissa Soldano Schoettle was born in Manhasset, NY and moved to Central Pennsylvania 15 years ago. She currently works out of her home studio in Camp Hill. Her predominant focus is in painting, often employing mixed media but also works with sculpture.
Her work addresses issues of recovery, trauma, and gender. Ms. Schoettle taps into her own personal experience of abuse and recovery because she feels a strong responsibility to communicate about and draw attention to these issues. She is recovering from childhood abuse which included sexual abuse as well as domestic violence. She also experienced sexual trauma and domestic violence as an adult.
Many women do not speak out about their experiences of trauma, particularly sexual trauma because of the shame and stigma often attached to these issues. It is her goal to use her work as an artist and social worker to facilitate change and offer hope and awareness of these issues in our society.
She has earned a B.A. In Art history with a Studio Concentration at Lebanon Valley College and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work degree at Widener University. Her academic interests are the work of Victor Frankl, Bessel Van der Kolk, Jennifer Freyd, Carl Jung and Sigmond Freud.