Mel Christy’s style of illustration thrives on vibrant color and meticulous detail.

Her ink and brush work is based in aestheticism, primarily influenced by botanical life and patterns in nature. She builds versatile surface designs with intuitive mark-making that are instinctively emotive.

Before Mel found her calling in surface design, her twenty-year career as a fine art photographer allowed her to develop a unique ability to capture raw emotion through expressive, bold portraits. Her love of strong compositions and expressive detail has made its way into her illustration work. Mel is represented by the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery, and her designs are frequently shown at other galleries and spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest.

When she is not creating beautiful spaces and textiles, Mel enjoys long bike rides, hanging with her teenage son, and walking her boxer, Guthrie.  She currently lives in Portland OR.