Melinda May Jordi was born in Gosford, and grew up along the Northern Beaches of Sydney Australia. After studying a Fine Arts Diploma at Meadowbank Tafe (1993-1995) Melinda’s art took her on a journey to Alice Springs where her work became inspired by the Australian outback, resulting in a body of work which included drypoint etchings (woodcuts/lino prints), charcoal drawings and pastels. She was then commissioned to design the album cover for ‘Yella Mundi’, a compilation CD through Jimaru records. Her journey through the Outback led her to Europe where her artist’s eyes were exposed to many new challenges and inspiring possibilities.
She returned to Australia with a broader mind and upon completion of a Bachelor of Art Education Melinda was drawn back to Europe yet again. There she spent 6 years in Switzerland (Bern) conducting Australian Landscape Painting Workshops, and teaching English.
Melinda’s style is predominantly abstract realism with a focus on using recycled materials some of which include wallpaper, old artworks and sewing. She admires modern, contemporary works and predominant influences have been Die Brück German Expressionism and the Fauves. She is also fascinated with contemporary Australian art and European architecture and culture.