Melisa grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb, Fremont, California. The daughter of two grade school teachers, the youngest of four children, Melisa was always encouraged to be creative. While living in San Francisco, completing her degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, Melisa started teaching herself to paint with a set of watercolor paints on paper. She had her first show of paintings in 1999 and has been creating series of artwork, ever since.
In photography, Melisa is able to apply her Painter's eye to photo compositions. With color, line and unique perspectives, she creates a sense of drama in each image she creates. She considers herself a "painter who composes photos" and utilizes this angle to approach photography in an artistic way.
Her newest 2020 "Out My Window" drawings are her most personal pieces to date. The pen ink drawings are a quick capture of Melisa's unique view from her San Francisco apartment, while she stays home in Covid quarantine.
In person, Melisa smiles often, and exudes a welcoming energy that is reflected in the often bright, happy energy of all that she creates. She likes talking to people, and enjoys the chance to share her creative mind-set, and colorful take on the world, with all those around her.