Daydreaming of swimming in a coral garden

Image © Courtesy of Artist

Melissa Bentley

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Melissa Bentley was born in Perth, and works and lives in Fremantle, WA. She has also lived in the Pilbara and Sydney, but Perth has always been home. Melissa graduated from Presbyterian Ladies College in 1987, and completed her three years formal training in Graphic Design and Advertising in 1990. Melissa likes to examine connections between her imagination, nature, art and the environment. With her creativity, eye for good colour and strong graphic skills, the results are artworks which engage and challenge the viewer to experience her unique style – sometimes fully abstract, sometimes partially abstract. Melissa paints predominantly in acrylic, while mixing media. She creates a series of layers of colour and form, which create texture and have a visually exciting result. Growing up in Perth, Melissa is a lover of our ocean and beach lifestyle, finding bliss in our warmer weather, surrounded by inspiration – all of which manage to sneak into her artworks. Melissa's work was selected as a finalist for The Black Swan Heritage Prize in 2014. Her artworks are held in State, and private collections both internationally and nationally.