Melanie attended the Italia Conti Stage School
in London at the age of 7 and trained as an actor, singer and
dancer until leaving at 16 to appear in a West End play written by
John Mortimer and starring Alec Guinness. Other work continued for
the next ten years, including the first West End production of
'The Rocky Horror Show'.
After the birth of her daughter in
1991, she changed career and studied media make-up. She
has worked as a make-up artist for 15 years, working for
English National Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Theatre Museum
and many television and film productions.
Some of her work as a freelance artist is
make-up design, teaching in secondary schools and running workshops
for the V&A Education department in the new Sackler Centre.
Most recently her creative journey has been
the study and practice of photography alongside her painting
work. Her work is mainly concerned with personal image and how
we transform ourselves, an interest fuelled by make-up work. She
likes to have a painterly organic element to her
illustrations, also using photography and digital
manipulation. Being from a theatrical background, she is drawn to
story telling: iIllustration encompasses all her creativity and
She is currently in her second year studying
for an MA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.