Growing up in the Okanagan Valley, the town of Armstrong, is where Melissa Dinwoodie’s love of painting developed.  Melissa grew up in a family of five on a small ranch, which is where,  incidentally, her love of animals also grew.

Melissa received her BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2001. This is where her passion of oil as a medium emerged.  Melissa then moved to Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.  In every home there was a makeshift studio, and bodies of work to show.  In Vancouver Melissa then received her 2nd degree in Interior Design at the Art Institute in 2007, which is where she learnt a new way to be creative, and articulate, which has without a doubt worked into her painting practice.

Melissa moved back to the Okanagan and work as a designer, a sales rep and a flooring showroom manager. Melissa then opened a business, Leap Art Supplies & Gallery.  She ran the business for 3 years, but the city was calling her back, and in 2018 she moved back to Vancouver and is creating art and pursuing her calling in life.

“But what I found out very quickly was you can only be a painter and nothing else if you’re going to be a painter.”
– Perle Fine