Melanie MacVoy was born and raised in Southern Ontario. Her creativity and love for the outdoors was nurtured from a young age. Melanie’s grandmother was a prolific muralist, painting scenes on the doors, walls and entire rooms of her home. Annual camping trips to Algonquin Provincial Park cultivated MacVoy’s appreciation for the Canadian landscape and intrigue with artist Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven.
Melanie studied Fine Arts and Arts Administration at the University of Waterloo with Canadian artist, Tony Urquardt being her most notable professor. During a summer co-op placement, Melanie relocated to Vancouver where she completed her Fine Arts degree through UBC and Emily Carr University.
While exploring the Coast Mountains and rainforests on Vancouver Island, Melanie fell in love with the outdoors lifestyle that BC had to offer. Her affliction for the cedar tree, a subject which also moved the inspirational Emily Carr, was fostered while volunteering as a trail builder in these pristine wilderness areas.
Seduced by “legendary” powder skiing, Melanie joined the small mountain community of Fernie, BC in 2000. Like most travellers, she “came for the winter but stayed for the summer” with the additional discovery of exceptional mountain biking trails and fly fishing rivers.
Melanie worked for over 10 years at Island Lake Lodge, a backcountry skiing and hiking destination near Fernie. The resort, nestled within a pocket of Interior Cedar Hemlock old growth, provided Melanie with the opportunity to study her cedar subjects intimately throughout the seasons. Driving along ridgetops and through alpine bowls as a Snowcat Operator awarded Melanie with inspiration from “the best office views imaginable.” Island Lake Lodge commissioned several paintings by the artist to adorn the walls of their luxurious lodges while also expanding the international market for her work.
In 2016, Melanie was selected for an Artist Residency in Glacier National Park, BC. Along with 11 other artists, the group explored the park and created artwork inspired by the area. The residency culminated with a group exhibition at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre and continued with a touring exhibition across BC and Alberta in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Moving forward, Melanie is keen on expanding her portfolio by immersing herself in more artist residencies and learning from other professional artists. She recently completed an en plein air painting workshop with the accomplished Charlie Easton in Jasper National Park. Adopting the practice of outdoor painting has inspired much of her new work and a period of artistic growth.