From an early age, Melissa's inquisitive nature and experimentation with a variety of traditional art forms led to formal training in black and white film photography, commercial art and graphic design. In addition, her accomplishments have ranged from pen and ink architectural renderings for publication to pyrography works in juried exhibitions and shows. She now concentrates ‘mostly’ on fine art photography and sculpting but finds time occasionally to work with pastels and watercolor.
Melissa lives and works in Greensboro, North Carolina, her native home. Her works are in private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom and in Australia.