Susan Melly is an award winning visual artist residing in Southern California. Over the past forty years, Melly’ work evolved - moving between painting, sculpture, and drawing - building connections between her own psyche and America’s political, social, and spiritual history of womanhood.
She was born in Michigan and moved to Los Angeles as a teen. She has Bachelors Degree in Art from University of California Santa Barbara, Masters Degree in Education from San Francisco State University, and attended Otis College of Art and Design as a post graduate. Melly began her art career at the University specializing in ceramics and lithography. She produced a variety of posters including poster art for a theatrical short film, The Juggling Movie, in 1981 and was assistant art director on the film I Do Mind Dying produced in 1984. Twenty five years ago, she focused on painting and mixed media work and recently received honors including "Public Art Choice" award from the City of Redondo Beach, blue ribbon “Best in Show” from juried exhibition sponsored by Phantom Galleries LA; “Honorable Mention” for LA Artcore Annual National Juried Exhibition. Her solo show, “Mother Machine”, at Gallery 825 in West Hollywood was well received. She studied extensively with local LA Artists Bonita Helmer and Laddie John Dill. She is currently a member of the Los Angeles Art Association / Gallery 825, California Art League, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Women Painters West and SDAI / San Diego Art Institute. Ms. Melly’s work has been exhibited locally and nationally. Currently she works from her studio in Mar Vista, California.