For local artist Melissa Johansen, it is hard to pin down exactly where she may be from.
"I was born in Spokane, but have traveled internationally for several years," said Johansen.
Her most recent trip was a five-year stay in Sudureyri, Iceland, a small fishing village in the upper northwest of Iceland.
"I went to visit family, see what Iceland was about and ended up staying for five years."
She has landed in Raymond and has been a part of the community for the past few years and has just now found an opportunity to open an art gallery that will feature local artists.
"It has always been a dream of mine to have a gallery, and just recently I found an opportunity with a location in the Canary Cottages on the 101. I will be holding a grand opening on June 13 from 11 am - 6 pm, and will have all the displays ready featuring some of my henna art as well as several items from local artists as well."
Her talent is wider than the traditional henna tattooing which most people associate with henna art, but she also creates scarves, and is applying henna to canvas, handbags and animal bones.
"Henna has a binding chemical that adheres to most anything. Cultures have used it for hair color as well as body art for years."
Prior to her stint in Iceland, which was only supposed to be a visit, she was also in Mexico as well as Alaska.
Some in the community may already be aware of her skills as she has been a part of Willapa Harbor Days and has many items in other art galleries around Washington.
She likes to encourage young artist and also hopes to help those who are looking for an artistic outlet to provide one for them.
"I have been doing glitter tattoos and face painting at festivals, and have taught some local girls how to do it. It is my hope that they will be running the booth this year."
Johansen also does baby and bridal showers and has been able to make a living as an artist.
"It is my hope to bring a little more art to the community and highlight some of the great local artists that we have right here in the Harbor," said Johansen.
When the gallery opens next week, she will have paintings, jewelry, and pottery among other items. She is also always on the lookout for new artists or those undiscovered artists that would like to show their items and they are encouraged to drop in the Gallery on the Willapa during the grand opening or during her normal hours of operation which is currently scheduled to be Wednesdays - Saturdays noon to 4 pm.
"Long term I would like to be more involved with the youth, young artists and help encourage more local art in the area."
You can see more about the Gallery on the Willapa on Facebook by the same name or you can email Melissa at galleryonthwillapa for more information.