Melissa was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany, where she grew up in the country side and connected with the idyllic Bavarian flora and fauna. From childhood on she found herself “in the zone” when devoting her free time to the arts.
Besides her creative side, her interest in medicine led her to the decision to follow a career as a scientist in the medical device industry, which paved her way to move to Switzerland and later to California in 2013. Throughout her journey she was fortunate enough to develop her creativity by taking art classes at F+F School for Art and Media Design in Zurich, Switzerland, and at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA.
Melissa says that art is where you heart is. Her drawings are an expression of her soul and reflect her love for nature, animals and foreign cultures she visited all over the globe.
In her “Spirit Animals” drawing series she uses India ink, dip pen and bamboo brush to combine abstracted animal figures and geometrical forms, conceptualized by negative and positive space. As both an artist and scientist, Melissa’s work explores the connection between the abstract and geometric world, in constantly renewed combinations and variants.