“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
— Jonathan Swift
Although Melissa's hails from the Pacific Northwest, she has been fortunate to live in many beautiful places. Currently she lives in northeastern Illinois. She draws her inspiration from the natural world she has long worked to help restore as a volunteer.
She believes in connecting to the world right where you are, and her work reflects that commitment.
Melissa studied biology in college, earning a BS with a minor in Chemistry. Throughout her years in college she took several art courses, and has continued to study her craft. Immediately after graduation she became involved with Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy. Her background in science and her extensive time in the field inform her work.