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, Melaine 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 portraiture. With her fascination for people and animals, Melaine 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, Melaine portrays the people and animals that shaped the West in the past and continue its traditions today. Through intimate portraits and wider narratives, she tells their stories and brings each individual to life on her canvas.

Melaine's oil paintings are regularly featured in major museum exhibitions including Masters of the American West, Quest for the West, and the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale. She has twenty-one paintings in museum collections, continues to win numerous awards, and has been featured in many magazine articles.

Melaine is represented by Mountain Trails Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming, Park City, Utah, and Sedona, Arizona, and the Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists.