Melanie Martinez is an Austin artist working primarily in oil painting. Her early life led through many worlds, from journalism to horticulture, music, historic preservation, and interior design. The common thread is her interest in delving deeply and passionately into a topic that fires her up, particularly if it has a social or political theme. Her varied background informs her current work, which speaks to the loss communities experience in changing times. Melanie lives with two cats in one of Austin's oldest neighborhoods where she is active in neighborhood preservation efforts. She is proud to call herself one of the first COVID-19 graduates of Texas State University's BFA program in Studio Art.