Growing up with an artist Mother, art was an important part of Melody’s Life. She started studying painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute while still in her teens. A fascination with people and their character prompted her to specialize in portraits. Her focus has since expanded to include traveling out west to research and execute a series on American Indians, and several years as a courtroom sketch artist. Of late her art has dealt with an agricultural theme prompted by her and her sons involvement with agricultural education at the Ellis Clark Regional Agri-Science and Technology program in Woodbury CT. The opportunity to study the animals up close, in fields and pens has been invaluable towards understanding anatomy and characteristics. She has now expanded to birds of prey and other wildlife. This also led to her being accepted as a signature member of the prestigious international Society of Animal Artists.
Her paintings have won numerous awards through the years and are included in private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Currently she paints from a studio in her home, she also gives workshops, demos, and teaches painting classes at her studio, and various other locations.