Melissa Scott-Miller was born in 1959 in London. She studied at the Slade school of fine art 1977-81, and received a first class degree. She was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait painters in 1999 and a member of the New English Art Club in 2007. She has lived and worked in London most of her life and mainly paints London views and street scenes and back gardens. She has two children and teaches part-time at the Royal drawing school and Heatherleys and the Art Academy.
This is the street in which I live, a few doors down from me. Every year for the past few years I have painted this magnificent Ceanothus tree, usually up close, this was the first time I did it from a distance. The sun was shining and the tree was in full bloom when I started it, the blue flowers contrast beautifully with the yellow bricks, but it also has a mystery about it, what goes on behind the Windows? It seems a peaceful street where cats stroll confidently, but every house can tell its stories!