Melissa’s wildlife portraiture offers a connection that is both intimate and emotional with a wide variety of beautiful animals. She is completely self-taught and prides herself on her realism, generally placing the subject against a neutral background in order to highlight the details of colour and light.
She pays particular attention to the eyes as she feels they are the windows of the soul and can bring the piece to life. She prefers to use acrylic paints as they provide beautiful and lasting results due to the fast-dry time. This quick drying quality allows her to add multiple layers, giving the animal anauthentic presence by showing every stroke of hair or fur in the animal’s coat.
Melissa was shortlisted for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2020, and was also selected to exhibit her work in 2019 at the Jane Goodall Foundation in Vienna, Austria where Dr. Jane Goodall herself lectured in an intimate evening in honor of her 85th birthday. Her artwork is included in numerous private art collections in England, the Netherlands and throughout Canada.