Mel grew up in a small town in Washington state and studied Business Law at the University of Washington. While in college he took up oil painting primarily used knife to create paintings of seascapes; after college he was a real estate broker and owned his own business. Mel later became a real estate director for a national fast-food chain for 14 years and then as a commercial real estate developer which allowed him to use his skills in graphic design and color schemes.
After taking a number of years off from painting because of time constraints with work, he was challenged while attending an outdoor art show in Washington state when he watched various artists at work creating wonderful scenes on canvas. In 2008 upon retirement Mel started painting again. This also gave him time to devote to advancing & developing his technique with acrylics and studying the properties of paintings such as the quick drying time and using multi-layers for richness of color.
After he purchased a second home in north Scottsdale, Mel joined the Terravita Art League (TAL), becoming a board member and was the chairman for the long running TAL studio tour. Mel has exhibited his paintings in many shows in Arizona and Washington state.
He is known for his Native American jars & bowls paintings which replicate designs from actual historic pottery ranging from early American to modern design.
As a Juried member of the Sonoran Arts League 2021 was his first year in HITH Studio Tour.