My name is Melissa (meaning "honeybee"). 🐝
Currently, I am a graduate student at NYU studying for my M.A. in Art Therapy.
I am also an artist, illustrator, and designer originally from California.
You can contact me at
New York University
current | New York, NY
M.A. in Art Therapy
University of California, Davis cum laude
June 2013 | Davis, CA
B.A. in Design: Visual Communication
double minor in Chinese and Global International Studies
Russian Academy of Art
Feb. 2014 | Amsterdam, Holland
Certification of Drawing & Painting Course
Jan. 2012 | Shanghai, China
Joint University UC-Fudan Program: International Studies with language courses in Mandarin Chinese
Painting in Watercolours, Oils, Acrylics
Photography (analog and digital)
Book Anatomy & Bookmaking
Adobe CS (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
MS Office Suite
Communication & Project Management
Mandarin Chinese (spoken and written)
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship
3rd Prize: Mad Hatter Chair Contest, Anne & Mark’s Art Party
Cal Aggie Outstanding Design Senior of the Year
1st Prize Annual LED Luminaire Design Competition
Future Youth Records (FYR)
Graphic Designer & Artist
July 2015 – current | San Francisco/Pacifica, CA
Responsible for website design and content management. Designed promotional materials.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
Graphic Designer & Artist
Sept. 2013 – Mar. 2014 | Germany, China, Japan
Worked with a design team in Herrnhut, Germany creating installations at the YWAM “Water Castle” base. Designed promotional materials and managed weekly events at Small Gallery 4 in Suzhou, China. Volunteered with artists assisting temporary housing units in northern Japan.
Hope Dies Last
Sept. – Nov. 2013 | Germany
Researched human trafficking in Eastern Europe and created various infographic displays for Hope Dies Last (HDL). Designed promotional stickers for the OBJECT Conference in Hamburg.
California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC)
Graphic & Lighting Designer
June 2012 – Aug. 2013 | Davis, CA
Designed various outreach materials including brochures, posters, and web banners. Created and photographed demonstration spaces specific to CLTC studies.
Specified luminaires, organized fixture schedules, and created prototype circadian sensitive LED fixtures for the Honda Smart Home.
Shields Library, UC Davis
Rare Book Preservation Assistant
July 2010 – June 2012 | Davis, CA
Conserved rare books and library resources. Preservation techniques included bookbinding, paper repair, leather consolidation, and the construction of protective book housings.
Backwater Arts & Gallery