Melanie’s paintings of creeks, coastlines, and rainforests capture familiar scenes from the artist’s life. Her practise continues on the grand narrative of Australian landscape painting where she uses broad brushstrokes, rich colours and contrasting light to reflect the vibrancy of Australia presenting an energetic picture of this immense island. ‘Wednesday Night, Seal Rocks’ is a nightscape painted rapidly, capturing the familiar feeling of anticipation and movement felt at the end of a long drive and arriving at a holiday destination. This moment, getting a glimpse of where you’re headed, through trees or paths is a recurring theme in her work.
Living in the Bellingen Valley on the NSW Mid North Coast, Melanie has a Bachelor Of Fine Arts from the National Art School and a Master of Arts from UNSW. She has had two solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous group exhibitions. In 2018 she was awarded 2nd place in the Art In The Open Landscape Painting Prize. Melanie has been a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portraiture Prize (2017), a finalist in the Hawkesbury Art Prize (2019) and in 2020 was a finalist in the King’s School Art Prize.