Melissa began illustrating for Kentucky Living in 2012, when she lived in Bowling Green, KY, and was a design instructor at Western Kentucky University. Melissa provides art to accompany the Byron Crawford’s Kentucky column each month.
She now lives in Rochester, NY, and teaches design courses at Rochester Institute of Technology. Along with teaching, she has worked for a variety of agencies as a designer and illustrator. The scope of her work has ranged from branding for health clinics and law firms, to print and web collateral for educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Among the variety of her clients, her favorites revolve around issues that she cares deeply about – the outdoors, fitness, local food, community development and outreach.