Born in South Africa to an Egyptian Mother and Russian Father, Melanie now lives in Australia. Her fresh, textural large scale canvases represent her unique interpretation of our native landscape.
As an art student in Cape Town, Melanie began painting and printing on fabrics and pottery – selling tablecloths and hand painted ceramics. A few years later the painting graduated to canvas and she began to express herself in the wide strokes, abstract forms and explosions of colour which make up her current portfolio.
In 1999, Melanie relocated to Sydney where she was mentored by Eilen Rogoff - a highly acclaimed artist from South Africa who had recently emigrated herself. Combining bright, jewel-like colours with intricately textured finishes her paintings have attracted buyers throughout the States, South Africa and Europe as well as at home in Australia.