Australia-born 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 age 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. Melaine found inspiration in the Native Americans, cowboys, and wildlife of the American West, and 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 who shaped the West in the past and who 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 paintings have been included in major museum exhibitions, including Quest for the West, the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, and Cowgirl Up! She has twenty-three paintings in museum collections, continues to win numerous awards, and has been featured in many magazine articles. Melaine won the Purchase Award and Patron’s Choice award at Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum in 2018.
Melaine is represented by Sanders Galleries in Tucson, Arizona; Mountain Trails Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming, Park City, Utah, and Sedona, Arizona; and The Broadmoor Galleries in Colorado Springs. She is a Master Signature Member of the American Women Artists.