Melissa Rigney was born in the early eighties and after just 5 days her parents took her to Mexico and then moved to the wild Big Island of Hawaii. She grew up in a hula skirt between the lava tubes and the ocean waves.
The bright vivid colors of Hawaii were her home and Hawaiian colors influenced her art tremendously. She was living in a breathing color wheel. Melissa started pencil drawing recognizable people when she was just a baby, animated by the outdoors- the people, the bugs, cuddly animals and palm trees swaying in the tropical wind. She was fun and fancy free running around barefoot in her purple bikini and grass skirt with her colors.. always coloring and smiling.
When she discovered oil paints at Maui’s Baldwin High School, her passion was inflamed & she fell in love with painting for life. Maui has healed, inspired, and uplifted her and almost 100% of her oil paintings were created here.