Melody Maradiaga is a multifaceted artist from South Florida. She has studied Art Education in Florida International University and began her career in 2010 instructing children at an art gallery in Parkland, FL. During her time there she played many roles that jump started her career. She was the operating manager, event coordinator, and adult art instructor for the gallery, where she taught students of all ages a wide variety of mediums, including oil & acrylic paint, sculpture, pottery, sketching, mosaics, crafts etc. She also hosted and participated in multiple art shows, taught after school programs at Heron Heights Elementary, as well as Epiphany Elementary, and created curricula for summer camps in multiple art studios
In addition to teaching, Melody has volunteered her time to various non-for-profit organizations by coordinating an elaborate arts and craft day for the children of Kids in Distress as well as painting a mural for their recreational center. She also conducted a Mommy and Me class at the Women's Ward in Miami, taught art lessons to the children at The Over Town youth center, guided children with terminally ill diseases to create a work of art through Earth Angels Organization, and developed her own volunteer program, Creative Outlet Inc. In 2017, Melody expanded her love for teaching by traveling to a remote town in Kamphaeng Phet, Thailand and teaching English to children at Uthit Suksa Primary School for 8 months.
Professionally, Melody became affiliated with six of the local Painting with a Twist studios in South Florida and All in One kids Entertainment as a face painter and kids entertainer. Her skills and experience allowed her to both manage and instruct at the studios, and her dynamic personality enabled her to create a joyful environment, which lead to multiple 5 star reviews for the company. She is currently teaching at Painting with a Twist in Boynton Beach. She also partnered up with Free Flow Studio Moksha House and is conducting Mindful Painting Classes. You can find out more information on how to register for classes by clicking right HERE.
Most importantly, Melody creates imaginative and thought-provoking paintings and murals for those who have a story to tell. Although there is a spontaneous and unique approach to all her pieces, her earthy wood nymph series, characterized by a beautifully surreal atmosphere, became wildly popular and a signature style in her work.