Mel discovered her love for art as a young child, and was always bringing home watercolor paintings. Her grandfather was a carpenter and had a big influence on her. He made her first easel that she would use to draw pictures and paint. Mel also helped him use tools, create stained glass, and complete wood projects. She remembers helping him paint and stain them with great pride.
Mel received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts from St. Louis Community College where she had an emphasis in drawing, design, and photography. She also studied Fine Arts, Art History, and Vernacular Architecture at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
A good friend offered Mel a position as a painter because he knew that was her true passion. Mel learned a lot from him and within a year she was running her own project crew. She also worked as a property manager helping with property upkeep and painting.
Mel actually met Dwayne through an old friend and they hit it off right away working on the same team. By the end of the season Dwayne and Mel were like old friends.
Dwayne offered Mel a part time job working with him on various projects after they worked together for a while. The part-time position quickly turned into full time work after Dwayne realized what a great asset Mel is.
Mel felt she had forgotten how much she loved painting and making spaces beautiful and she was excited to work for someone who takes just as much pride in his work and has as good of an eye for detail as she does.