Melanie grew up in the Lincolnshire fens, spending time in Italy between studying Florentine Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (BA Hons. and MA with distinction). She then followed the MA Fine Art (Painting) at the University of Gloucestershire. Through a series of artist residencies, she relocated to Devon then back to London and now works from her studio in Cambridgeshire.

Over the past 20 years Melanie has exhibited at the Jerwood Space, Florence Trust, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, Glyndebourne amongst others. Her work is held in collections worldwide such as the Pizzuti Collection, Imago Mundi Collection, Exton Park Vineyard, Fox Linton, Bridgeman Art Library.  Most recently she completed a commission for  The Dorchester in London. Melanie’s paintings were also featured recently in  the John Moores Painting Prize, ING Discerning Eye, and the National Open Art Exhibition.

“Walking my dogs in the early morning I notice the small seasonal shifts. I think about the quiet beauty in the everyday, particularly in the natural commonplace things, rarely celebrated. My paintings are inspired by what I see around me: the form of a tree; the long lines of twining stems; the intricacies of birds in flight. Often I am reminded of a poem or a piece of music and revisit an idea resonating there. I use traditional materials – oil, gold leaf, charcoal, gesso – my work draws attention to these fleeting moments and underscores their value.”