Melinda Hamilton Patrick has been developing her art since she was a small child. Her grandfather, an accomplished painter and photographer, began mentoring her in the fine arts before the age of five.
The first public recognition of Melinda’s artistic talent came in the third grade when the class was asked to draw the State of Texas. The teacher was amazed at how accurate Melinda’s drawing was and for a minute thought it had been traced but she knew there was nothing in the room that could have been used to trace the state.
By the time she got to junior high school, Melinda was taking art class every semester and had developed a talent for portraiture, working in a garage studio space every evening. Mrs. Shirley Temple (no relation to the child star) was enthusiastic about this ability to draw recognizable portraits and every day pulled a student from P.E. to sit for a portrait by Melinda.
One of Melinda’s earliest awards was the Ruth Pershing Uhler Memorial Scholarship Award in the 1969 Spring Art Festival sponsored by the Houston Post and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. Her work was exhibited in the Masterson Junior Gallery of the HMFA.
Melinda received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. While in public school, she attended the scholarship class at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. She lives in a pine forest near her native Houston.