Melanie was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania in 2007 with a degree in Studio Art. While working as the gallery assistant at the Baum School of Art in Allentown, she decided to try her hand in a different career. She became a Registered Nurse in 2011 and worked as an ER nurse in Pennsylvania and New York State. As a new stay at home mother, she has rediscovered her daily practice and love of painting while living in Upstate New York.