Daiquiri, Melinda and Toaster


Listen here to Melinda's interview with Antrese Woods. We discuss surviving criticism and staying positive; participating in Open Studios; self-doubt and showing up; and the importance for many artists of finding a mentor or supportive group of like minded artists.


I am an artist now living in the beautiful Coachella Valley of Southern California. I was born and raised in Silicon Valley and am a California girl through and through. Inspired by the California landscape, colors, and light, I look to capture it’s essence in much of my work.

I love to paint and to inspire others to create. 

Thick, gooey oil paint is my medium, and my work is created by applying layers of shapes, colors, and textures of paint to the canvas over a period of days and weeks. I also now incorporate cold wax medium into much of my work to create rich history, texture and transparency.

I have been teaching painting to students of all levels for 20 years. My goal is always to inspire students to find their own voice in their work, and to build confidence in their creative process. This world needs more creative people and my goal is to help you find your creative potential whether you are a beginning, “returning,” or experienced artist.


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