Born in Perth, Western Australia. Melissa BENTLEY works from her Art Studio located at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street Fremantle, and lives in North Fremantle, WA. She has also lived in the Pilbara WA and Sydney, but Perth has always been home. Melissa graduated from Presbyterian Ladies College in 1987, and completed her 3 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 engages and challenges the viewer to experience her unique style, sometimes fully abstract, sometimes partial abstraction.
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 manages to sneak into her artworks.
Melissa’s work was selected as a finalist for The Black Swan Heritage Prize 2014. Her artworks are held in State, and private collections both internationally and nationally.