Cole was born in Oregon and raised in London, Hong Kong, and India. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Zoology and spent time as a naturalist guide in Mexico. She’s written over 30 children’s natural history books and travels with her husband Brandon, who is a wildlife photographer specializing in marine life. It is from her world travels that she derives much of her inspiration for her vividly colored, heavily textured and patterned acrylic paintings. Her work is found in galleries ranging from Stephan Fine Arts in Anchorage, Alaska to The Wild Side Gallery in Key West, Florida.
I relish the moments when my artwork makes people stop their mad hurtle through life to pause, breathe and enjoy an experience. And while I savor my creative time alone, I am equally passionate about involving the public in the art process through my community-built public works of art. – Melissa