Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Melanie Taylor Kent was raised and has spent most of her life in Southern California. She won her first National Art Competition at age 12 and studied with several celebrated artists.
Melanie graduated from the UCLA School of Art and taught art in the Los Angeles City schools. In 1980 she started her own publishing company, creating a body of work chronicling America by depicting famous streets and famous events.
Her artwork has been licensed to Warner Bros., The Walt Disney Corporation and Hanna-Barbera.
Melanie’s serigraphs are noted for the personalities that challenge collectors to identify them. She was the first artist to be licensed by the Walt Disney Company to portray Disney theme parks in limited edition prints. Melanie was also selected as the official artist of the LA Dodgers and the 30th anniversary of Dodger Stadium. In addition, she was selected as the official artist of the 50th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”, the 15th anniversary of “Star Wars” and the 10th anniversary of “E.T.”. Her depiction of the 1984 Olympics, “Let the Games Begin”, was licensed by the US Olympic Committee.
Most of Melanie’s limited edition works are done as serigraphs, using as many as 200 separate colour plates and heavy, acid free archival papers.