Mellissa was born in England in the 1960s and as a child emigrated to Australia with her family. She has studied & practiced printmaking and painting continuously since the mid 90s and is a recipient of many prizes and awards. Her Artwork is part of many private and public collections around the world.
Living in rural Sydney overlooking the Hawkesbury River, Mellissa’s work ranges between vibrant interpretations of her local landscape to intricate wood & linocuts. Her combination of quirkiness and calm blend to create works with a strong spiritual base.
"It is easy to be captivated by the powerful immediacy and extraordinary colour emerging from Mellissa’s paintings on a purely aesthetic level. They are visually spectacular and invite the viewer to search for further harmony and empathy with the natural landscape. She brings the natural landscape and birds of Australia to life with her original, spontaneous and vibrant paintings.." Robyn Williams, Purple Noon Gallery NSW
1st Armoured Regiment, Darwin
The Australian Print Collection of theWaggaWaggaRegionalArtGallery, NSW,Australia
SpencerMuseumofArt,University of Kansas,USA
Oregon State University, USA
Westmead Hospital, Sydney
19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
KAB Gallery, Terrigal NSW
Manyung Galleries, Vic
Paper Pear, Wagga Wagga NSW
Purple Noon Gallery Freemans Reach NSW
The Ferry Artists Gallery, Wisemans Ferry NSW
Tusk Galleries, South Yarra & Camberwell VIC
Various prizes and honorable mentions in exhibitions throughout Australia including.
2014 Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize
2013 Finalist, The Flanagan Art Prize, Northbridge Art Prize, EMSLA, Hawkesbury
2012 1st Prize Pirtek Still Life Award, Bowral
Finalist Kogarah Art Prize (Packers Room Prize),Finalist Mount Eyre Art Prize, Norvill Art Prize
2011 Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards, Coffs Harbour, Finalist (Highly Commended) Northbridge Art Prize, Finalist Prometheus Visual Arts Award, Finalist Westmead Art Prize
2010 Finalist Norvill Art Prize, Redland Art Awards
2008 1stPrizePort Macquarie
2007 Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards,CoffsHarbour, FinalistRedeemerLutheranCollegeFoundation Christian Art Award,2007 Finalist (Highly Commended) Cancer Council Vic Arts Awards