Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Melissa Cole (Spokane) was born in Oregon and raised in London, Hong Kong, and India. She graduated from OSU with a degree in Zoology and spent time as a naturalist guide in Mexico. She’s written over 30 children’s books and travels with her husband Brandon, who is a photographer specializing in marine life. Melissa has always dabbled in art, but has spent the last 15 years fully devoted to it. Her paintings and sculptures are strongly influenced by ethnic patterns. In recent years she has taken numerous concrete sculpture and mosaic workshops and has won many large permanent public installations.

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