As a young woman, her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Tyler took a backseat to the corporate world for many years: advertising exec; graphic designer and art director of her own company; and later corporate and executive recruiter for national technology and digital marketing advertising companies. Not surprisingly, she was recognized in national competitions for her print design and annual reports while living in Dallas, but shortly after her move to Denver in 1994, the satisfied extrovert began to hear from the starving artist. She says she “felt like her soul was drying up”. An oil-painting class at the Art Students’ League of Denver rained water on that desert ground.
Over the next five years, Melinda studied painting at the Denver Arts League under the guidance of nationally known accomplished masters. As her passion and skill grew, so did her dream to paint full-time. She made the leap in 2003 and brought years of corporate skills into the new and intricate dance of a full-time professional art career. She hasn’t looked back. Since that decision, Melinda has had multiple one-woman shows in Santa Fe, New Mexico, participated in national and regional shows, and plein air events in the Southwest and Southeast gaining recognition for her figurative paintings. She is a gifted teacher of workshops and is collected among collectors all across the US.
Recently, Melinda made a move from Colorado back to her home roots in Texas. Choosing Fort Worth to be near family, Melinda opened her studio in her new home in the historical Ryan Place neighborhood.
Melinda is currently represented by Alexandra Stevens Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM; Arts at Denver, Denver, CO; and Texas Treasure Fine Art, Bourne, TX and a recent addition, OA Gallery, St. Louis, MO. Melinda has been the featured in national and regional magazines and newspapers such as the Albuquerque Journal, The Santa Fean, Focus Magazine, American Art Collector and Southwest Art. She is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America and The Portrait Society of America.