Artist: Melissa Duillo-Gallo
The Duillo family was filled with artistic talent. There was John Duillo, the great pulp cover artist. Of course, his wife Elaine was a pioneer for women in the field. She not only painted pulp covers but went on to become the “Queen of Romance Covers.” Did you know their daughter, Melissa Duillo-Gallo, was also a romance cover illustrator?
From the 1980s to the 1990s, Melissa Gallo (née Duillo), was a prolific historical romance cover artist, creating works for publishers such as Avon, Dell, Warner, Zebra, and more. While she and her mother no longer illustrate romance covers, Melissa is still creating art as a talented painter.
For a long time, I used to get Elaine and Melissa’s artwork confused. Now I can spot the differences between mom’s and her daughter’s work. For one thing, Melissa Duillo preferred her models to wear more clothes, and also, she was more conservative with the use of eyeshadow, especially for the heroes!
Both Duillo ladies collaborated with supermodel Fabio many times.
Here are some lovely romance covers that Melissa Duillo Gallo designed for you to enjoy. These are our Covers of the Week for Monday, July 19 to Sunday, July 25,