Melanie Earle has been drawing and painting since she was thirteen years old. She also attended summer art courses at the Banff School for the Arts. While mostly painting and making sculpture, her work is inspired by the natural world. After graduating from OCAD in 1985, she helped found and became a member of an artists’ collective called “Republic”. She was involved in this group for around four years, showing and organizing shows in Toronto. Melanie has also worked as a graphic artist and a colourist. In 1998 she created her own studio-run business – Sourceworks - creating unique ceramic molds for her ceramic sculpture, vessels and jewelry, something that is in keeping with her artistic vision. As well in 2008, she founded the artists’ group, The Grey Highlands Artists’ Collective (GHAC).