Mel Graham – Painter
Mel Graham is a successful local painter (her studio is on Humber Road) who only relatively recently picked up a paint brush. Suffering from depression, it was suggested she try and use painting as a therapeutic aid. She tried it, and discovered she wasn’t just good at it, but good enough to sell her work on. She’s been doing that since, with her paintings selling around the world, even being snapped up by a fan on the remote Falklands Isles. She also exhibits at galleries around the UK.
Mel already had a successful career as an author, writing walking guide books
Seascapes are her favourite subject; with the sea, whether it be a placid, calm turquoise or a black-blue, white-flecked broiling storm, reflecting her moods as she paints. The paintings capture this perfectly: radiating feeling and catharsis, rather than just straight forward daubs of the coast. The colour is never anything but alive, somehow looking back out at you from the canvas, and staying with you long after you’ve looked away.
Some of her work is available to see right now at The White Lion in Beeston, or by visiting :
There is lots of talk about the dull brick walls that are the first view of Beeston for many people arriving in town. Beestonians live closer to space than the sea (fact!). How about a huge seascape mural adorning the wall of Birds? Broxtowe Borough Council, take note!