Melinda has been painting with watercolor since 1965, after taking a college watercolor course from the late Eric Oback. Though not completing college, she opted to take workshops from several well known instructors to continue learning. Her progress was sporadic due to divorce, financial concerns, and at times, lack of faith in her own abilities.
In the early nineties, she began selling her paintings at Art and Wine festivals and a few local exhibits, gaining some sales and exposure. However, it was several years before she made a commitment to continue taking workshops and most importantly, paint as often as possible.
Melinda applied and was juried into the Santa Cruz County Open Studios Tour in 2010,and has participated yearly through 2017 greatly increasing her client base and exposure and gaining several faithful collectors of her work. She was a member of the Santa Cruz Art League and had been a Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society member for over 32 years.
Recently moving to Oakhurst she has joined the Yosemite Western Artists, and California Watercolor Association. She will be one of the artists in the Sierra Art Trails studio tour in 2021--the first two weekends in October.
Classes and Workshops:
Eric Oback college course- watercolor
Tom Hill weekend workshop
Zoltan Szabo weekend workshop (2)
Betty Lynch weekend workshop
Al Cunningham one week workshop
Dennis Collins 6 week class
course for re-entry to art career
Mike Bailey 3 day workshop
10 week workshop
Howard Ikemoto Cabrillo college - abstract painting
Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society-lapsed member
Santa Cruz Art League-lapsed member
Yosemite Western Artists
California Watercolor Association
Boulder Creek Country Club
Elegant Earth Gallery
Santa Cruz County Gov't. Center 2011 & 2013
Santa Cruz County Bank Arts Collaborative exhibit
Santa Cruz County Bank:
group show Sept 2013- Jan 2014
Boulder Creek Art and Wine Festival
Capitola Art and Wine Festival
Carmel Valley Art and Wine Festival
Santa Cruz County Open Studio Tour 2010
** Coming soon, Sierra Art Trails--Oakurst/Mariposa/Coarsgold/North Fork...... 2021