"Melissa's photography shows the love she has for nature's natural, simple beauty that people rarely take the time to enjoy."
"Photography gives us a lens to help us to see the inner nature of a person, and reveal what truly animates them."
"Her particular innovation is her application of empathetic outreach approaches to visual arts education, placing her at the forefront of innovative and inclusive arts pedagogy. She has the unique ability to inspire a confidence in each individual’s creativity, at the same time as helping each individual to use their creativity to help their wider community."
"Her aspiration is to encourage photography as a practice of kinship, with nature and with those around us; she has learned a way in which to encourage a culture of gratitude and reciprocity. "
"She captures those moments that are so easily overlooked, those simple, tender moments, that suggest something of the heart."