Young people have been known to ask Melani if one can make a living just painting. She tells them, “As a painter I do projects for businesses and they pay me for the work that I do. I make a living painting but I paint what the client asks for. This is very different from painting for myself.”
Melani paints on canvas for small to large businesses. She also paints on windows at business locations. During the holidays she was commissioned to make Christmas themed artwork on the windows of Tim Hortons in Fort Erie, Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, and Crystal Beach. “The holidays are a busy time for me. I get requests to paint murals to add to the holiday cheer.” She even did window art for a hospital in the children's wing during the holidays to brighten up their spirits.
Along with raising a family, she also teaches painting once a week. Her talents have given her the opportunity to do speed painting demonstrations for churches, provide book illustration services, paint on canvas for both individuals and business... and she even paints portraits.
Melani has seen over time that her art influences her Christian life, and vice versa. “As I got older I realized that art is not separate from who I am," she replied, remaning focused on the interview while lovingly and attentively wiping chocolate ice cream from her daughter's face, and then resuming with a gracious smile. "Neither is church a separate thing in my life, or my family, or Christ. They are all intertwined. Christ is woven into every part of my life, including my art.”
Her plans were for the future are many. “I plan to do a daily painting series inspired by the book of Psalms and put them up for sale. I'd like to travel more, and do more shows. Also, I'd like to employ other artists during the holidays because it gets so busy at that time of year painting window murals. And at some point in the future I'd also like to create instructional videos.”
When showing some of her recent paintings, her excitement for her work was evident. When asked which one of her art pieces was her favorite, she responded, “I don't have a favorite one. I don't like one more than the other. They are all different styles and I like them all. But I do favor my later art because I feel they are better than my earlier stuff.”
She revealed a painting of called “Lion and a Lamb,” which gave an astonishing level of detail in the work. The Lion appeared to be transparent on the canvas; a technique like this could only come from someone gifted by God.
Melani's work can be found and bought at her website www.melpyke.com and etsy.com/ca/. She is also for hire for a variety of work. Contact her for more information, or to arrange for a commission piece.