My creative endeavors have evolved, through the past 2 decades, to shaped panels. My work has brought national and international recognition with over 20 solo exhibitions, 27 museum group shows and dozens of group exhibitions in colleges and universities as well as some residencies including a 3 month residency in Japan. My work can be found in numerous permanent collections, including: the Long Beach Museum of Art in California, the Southwestern Oregon College at Coos Bay in Oregon and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belarus. Besides being honored with numerous prizes and awards internationally, my curatorial efforts include the Marc Chagall Museum in Belarus and the OC McNish Galley in Oxnard, California.

Art historian, Jeanne Willette, Phd, referred to my work “as an extremely precise act that forces the viewer into a contemplation of form … and the progression of layers of colors” and as “virtual architecture … working seamlessly through a cyber world … to the identity of place”.

I hold two graduate degress, an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California and an MFA from the Technological Institute of Art and Textile Design in Belarus. In addition, I have taught at colleges and universities as an adjunct professor.

Mela with Marc Straus, 1st Annual Juried Exhibition, Hudson Valley MOCA, New York, August 10-September 8, 2019