Melanie’s work focuses on urban and industrialised landscapes.
Her drawings and prints explore scenes of derelict and decaying buildings from our industrial past, well-known buildings of our time, and new buildings under construction. She works from observation, drawing on site and then develops her drawings into compelling and atmospheric etchings.
Drawing on site is central to her work, enabling her to absorb the character and atmosphere of the place. She’s interested in capturing her subjects at a specific moment in time and chronicling an urban landscape in transition. The underlying theme in her work is change and the way we constantly develop our surroundings.
Her etchings are an extension of her drawings, using the process to achieve more powerful line and tonal contrast, giving the printed image added impact and intensity.
Melanie’s work has been exhibited across the UK and internationally, including being selected a number of times for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Her work is held in several collections, including the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the V&A Museum in London, and the British Museum.
Melanie was elected to the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) in 2017.