Melissa Duillo-Gallo painted beautiful romance covers. She was born to paint and comes from a legendary family of artists. We’re highlighting her gorgeous artwork this week.
Artist: Melissa Duillo-Gallo
Welcome to Sweet Savage Flame’s Covers of the Week, where we celebrate four standout romance covers centered around a specific theme. This week, we spotlight the remarkable artwork of a member from the esteemed Duillo family lineage in book illustrations—Melissa Duillo-Gallo.
An Illustrating Dynasty
Like her legendary artist parents, Melissa carries the family tradition of crafting stunning visuals.
The Duillos certainly had artistic talent. There was John, the great pulp cover artist. Of course, his wife, Elaine Duillo, got her start in that field and was a pioneer for female artists. After working in potboiler fiction, Elaine became the “Queen of Romance Covers.”
From the late 1970s to the 1990s, Melissa Gallo (née Duillo) was a prolific romance cover artist. She created stunning images for publishers like Avon, Dell, Warner, and Zebra. While Melissa and her mother are no longer active in the book industry, Melissa still creates art as a talented painter.
Melissa was destined for remarkable talent, inheriting excellent mentorship from her parents. For a while, I couldn’t distinguish between Elaine’s and Melissa’s creations. After scrutinizing hundreds of covers crafted by both ladies, I’ve honed my ability to discern the nuanced differences between the mother and daughter’s work.
For one thing, Melissa Duillo-Gallo preferred her cover models to wear more clothes. Also, she was more conservative with eyeshadow—especially for the heroes! In addition, both Duillo ladies collaborated with supermodel Fabio many times.
We’ve chosen some enchanting romance covers crafted by Melissa Duillo-Gallo for you to admire. These are our featured Covers of the Week from Monday, July 19, to Sunday, July 25, 2021.
We are thrilled to showcase some of the most exquisite romance covers created by the talented Melissa Duillo-Gallo for your admiration. From July 19th to July 25th, 2021, we have handpicked some of our favorite covers painted by Melissa that are sure to captivate you.
Melissa Duillo-Gallo Covers
The books, from top to bottom
- Across a Starlit Sea, Rebecca Brandewyne, Warner Books, 1989
- My Gallant Enemy, Rexanne Becnel, Dell,1990
- Montana Moonfire, Carole Finch, Zebra,1990
- Bold Destiny, Jane Feather, Avon, 1990
What do you think of this week’s theme of Melissa Duillo-Gallo romance covers? Do any of the covers stand out to you as favorites?
Do you have a recommendation for a future Covers of the Week theme? Let us know, and we’ll try it out.
As always, please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance.