Mellissa Redman earned her Bachelor's Degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Akron. A native of Akron, Ohio, Mellissa volunteered her time or artwork to the local YMCA and YWCA chapters, the University of Akron Ballet Institute, the City of Akron, The Chapel: Akron Campus, and the Akron Children's Hospital. She now resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she is pursuing a Master's Degree of Fine Art in Painting at the Kendall College of Art and Design. Though she works with water-based media, her paintings also include drawing, printing and collage. She is an active “deviant” on deviantART.com and regularly blogs there. Mellissa is also the author and illustrator of a free webcomic titled Queenie and an illustrator for Laughing Dog Artworks, LLC. Continuing her in her passion for working with youth, Mellissa is currently interning in the Teen Arts Program at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology in Grand Rapids,MI.