about the artist
My name is Melissa Snapp.
I am a local Florida artist!
I am the owner and artist of Catolena Trading Post.
I am a self taught artist and I am always trying something new!
One day I might paint a horse, my best friends pup or a great white shark
and the next I am making whales out of trash!
Oh yeah… I am a photographer too!
You never know what I will come up with next!
I absolutely love animals and art!
Art has not always been my first passion!
I worked with horses for many years; I wanted to start my own horse rescue,
But life happened and I met my wonderful husband,
he joined the Army and we moved to Texas and our military journey began.
I was the FRG leader for his unit.
I took an online course and learned photography.
My husband was medically retired from the Army we moved back to Florida.
I got an AMAZING job at Discovery Cove as a photographer,
where I got to basically hang out with dolphins all day every day! REALLY EVERYDAY!
Now I find myself here! Building my little business!
No it’s not the Catalina Wine Mixer lol…
The name Catolena came about by merging my 2 favorite things together.
It’s my love of horses and country life and my love for dolphins and the sea.
Catolena is a mash up of a horse named Cody, whose grandfather was a famous horse named Doc O'lena
and my FAVORITE dolphin Catalina!
It’s like God had a plan with my crazy life.
I went with Trading Post because,
Catolena is where you will find everything from the saddle to the sea!