Mel is from a village in the North East of Scotland. Leaving there she moved to Glasgow to study Architecture at Glasgow School of Art and moved into working as a Figurative Artist in the last couple of years.
She lives and works in Edinburgh, mainly working from life but also sometimes from other references. These would usually be photographic, drawings or collage, and these are a departure point rather than a definitive source.
Figurative art has always been her primary interest and Mel is interested in making works that move beyond just representation, she mainly make pictures with oil paint.
Her work aims to have emotion, without narrative where the figure although changed is less perfect, more real and although altered, unadulterated.