Krystii Melaine

Krystii Melaine

Born in Victoria, Australia, Krystii Melaine announced at age four that she was going to be an artist, won her first art competition at seven, and was selling paintings by the age of fourteen. Following University studies in painting and drawing, Krystii enjoyed a successful career as a fashion designer specializing in bridal and evening gowns.

Returning to her lifelong passion for painting, she undertook five years of atelier study in traditional tonal realism focusing on portaiture. With her fascination for people and animals, Krystii found inspiration in the Native Americans, cowboys and wildlife of the American West.  In 2010 she and her husband moved from Australia to Spokane, Washington to be closer to her favorite Western subjects.  Using the rich colors and tones of oil paint in a realistic, painterly style, Krystii portrays the people and animals who shaped the West in the past and who continue its traditions today.  With intimate portraits and wider narratives, she tells their stories and brings each individual to life on the canvas.

Krystii’s oil paintings are regularly featured in major museum exhibitions including Masters of the American West, Quest for the West, and The Russell. She is represented in five museum collections, and has won numerous awards.  Her work has been featured in three books and many magazine articles.

Krystii is represented by Mountain Trails Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming and Park City, Utah; The Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Biltmore Galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Big Horn Gallery in Cody, Wyoming.