Melissa studied at the Slade School of Fine Art 1977-1981. In 1999 she was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the New English Art Club.
She has won numerous awards, amongst them The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Second Prize in the South Bank Painting Show, the Oakham Gallery Prize at the New English Art Club, and most notably First Prize in the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize exhibition in 2008.
Melissa mainly paints views of London, working on the spot in oils. She likes to fill her canvasses with tiny details applied thickly with size five-nought brushes. Her portraits often feature complicated detailed backgrounds.