Melanie Moralez is a painter and swing jazz guitarist living in Bozeman, Montana. From her early childhood, she intensely gravitated towards creating art and playing music. In 2006, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a degree in Fine Art. Melanie is currently in a 3-year MFA art program at Montana State University and is enrolled in online graphic design courses. Her most common areas of focus include abstract painting, expressionist portrait paintings, and realist portrait drawings. She works in acrylic, ink, charcoal, graphite, and encaustic.
In 2020 Melanie taught both art and music high school classes at Eastside Academy in Bellevue, WA.
She is currently a TA teaching undergraduate art at MSU, Bozeman.
She also offers private guitar, ukulele, base guitar, and beginner piano.
"The creation and reception of art is a microcosm for the questions and answers of life: the curiosities we gather, and the messages we feel compelled to share. The sense of purpose that creating art grants, in union with the rewards of teaching it, yields solace and inspiration." - Melanie Moralez