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.My first love was arts and crafts. I started making candles at 9 years old, moving on to drawing my own paper dolls and clothes the same year. At 14, my Dad bought me a sewing machine. I spent my high school years in my bedroom, which became my sanctuary- my sewing studio. I loved making quilts back then.... I have not stopped creating since!
I officially started MELBECK STUDIO in 2005 in Tucson and started transitioning to the Northwest in 2012. This gave me a fresh perspective on my life and on my work. I traded cactus and desert for trees and water.
Wilde Meyer Gallery in Tucson and Scottsdale has represented my work for the past 12 years. Please visit!
My art career began as a watercolorist in the 1980s. I was represented by the oldest gallery in Arizona at the time. Over the next two decades of owning an art gallery and raising two sons, I slowly gravitated back to crafts, on to acrylics, and beyond. I consider myself a mixed-media artist. Most of my work tends to look like quilts- my first real craft...
I have focused on painted floor art and reverse glass paintings for the past 25 years. Lately, I have ventured into designing fabric based on my designs and images. I am sewing all sorts of fun things with my art on the fabrics! I do have a Spoonflower shop where you can purchase by the yard!
My subject matter centers around the Pacific and Inland Northwest and other places I travel, my home, my obsessions, family, friends, and our pup, Waffle.
I sell my work in galleries, juried art shows, and in my online store. I work with several non-profits using my art to benefit their worthy causes. I am so grateful to do what I love! As always, I am happy to create a special piece of art for your home or office, or the perfect gift.
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