I’m Melanie, and according to one of my very best friends, I live in a house of giants, a.k.a. my husband and two sons, all over 6 feet tall. They call me Teeny-Tiny Little Melanie!
My constant companion is our gorgeous bundle of fluff Barney – our Cavapoo dog…although he seems to think that he’s a teddy bear and should be cuddled all day. Not ideal when he ends up with some highlights in his fur. We also share our home with two cats, or should I say the cats share their home. I am so fortunate to have a such a supportive family who are all with me 100% on this journey.
I love family, friends, kindness, cats, dogs, cupcakes, flowers, the beach, the Borders, and my boys. We all live in the beautiful Scottish Borders, where I grew up.
I left to study Creative Arts and gained an Honours Degree, but was quickly lured back here. After spending 14 years working in Early Years Education, I had reached that point in my life where I was ready for a change – a new adventure – a new challenge!
I take inspiration for my artwork from the stunning countryside around me, whether that be shape, colour, flowers or a feeling. The Northumberland coast is a favourite place to visit, and it has inspired many of my seascapes. I particularly like the colours of the sea, the seashore and sky, and love to experiment with them in paintings.