The human being is at the core of my work. The face, the hands, the incredible beauty of the human body. The expression, the demeanour, and what hides behind that or is expressed through that. My background in fashion is evident in my continuing interest in costume and adornment, and how it can be used to denote or deny a presence.
My career began in the fashion industry, working in Italy as a freelance designer and consultant, collaborating with some of Italy's major brands including Stefanel, Benetton, Replay and La Perla. After 18 years, I left the fashion world and set up a new art and design studio, creating collections and illustrations for editorials and children's books, stationery, ceramics and glass.
After a few years I returned to the UK and went back to school to study fine art in London. After college, I decided to focus on drawing-portraits in particular, and began using pastels.
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2013
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2013
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2014
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2015
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2016
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2017
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2018
Pastel Society Annual Exhibition 2019
Melodie is open to commissioned work of single or group portraits. Melodie works in charcoal (mono-colour drawing) or pastels in colour, from a minimum size of A1 (84x60cms) up to 150x120cms.
Prices start at £1800 for an A1 charcoal drawing and £2250 for an A1 pastel painting, for a single sitter portrait, excluding framing, plus expenses such as travel and delivery.
Melodie prefers to visit the sitter at their home if possible where they will feel more relaxed and take a series of photos from which she will create the portrait. Occasionally Melodie will make one or more studies from life usually at the same sitting.