Mel’s artwork is an evocation of the rich cultural tapestry that is the artist’s nomadic life experience. Though born in Coffs Harbour, the artist’s early years were spent in the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and South Africa thus developing as a self-described ‘Cosmopolitan Nomad’.
During Mel’s years in Johannesburg, a recommendation was made by her art teacher to abandon secondary studies and apply to the Johannesburg Art Foundation’s intense graphic design program. At age 15, portfolio strength saw the artist’s acceptance to the tertiary-workload program. When Graphic Design was all about free-hand rendering with only an hour a week for digital design. Following this, the artist experienced a phase of expression through body-painting after completing a diploma in make-up and special effects.
In Christchurch, Mel completed a Bachelor of Arts at Canterbury University in 2004; majoring in Political Science, Mass Communication and Film Studies. Mel has created three short films and collaborated on a feature-length political documentary filmed in New York, 2004 during the mass protests to the Republican National Convention.
Mel has exhibited with galleries in Christchurch, Queenstown and Auckland and her works form part of private and corporate collections around the globe; including Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Australia, United States of America, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand. Mel returned to Australia in 2008 after a very long ‘walkabout’ and has settled with her teenaged son in South-West Brisbane.