About the Artist

I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and have lived here all my life.  As a kid, my mom sparked my interest in creative things by being an example. She wrote poetry, did calligraphy and had a great talent for anything creative.  For Christmas one year my parents bought us girls a Jon Gnagy “Learn to Draw” kit and I’ve been hooked ever since.  In my pre-teen years I was fortunate enough to win an honorable mention in a Canada-wide poster contest for fire prevention and was presented an award by the then governor-general of Canada.  By the time I reached my teens my allowance pretty much got used up for art supplies.  My sisters & I spent many afternoons and evenings drawing new fashions for our paper dolls and creating window embellishments for whatever holiday we were celebrating.  Still in my teens I decided to take up oil painting and managed to complete a number of them before I discovered a new passion – BOYS!!  Anyway, art sort of came and went over the years and having a very big family, 5 girls and 1 boy kept me very busy.  My art got put on the back burner out of site but never out of mind.  About 10 years ago I re-engaged my love for art and with the encouragement of my biggest fan – my husband, I decided to try my hand at watercolors.  That was an undertaking!  Watercolor is so beautiful but I found it to be a very unforgiving medium that did not allow me the control I needed, so a few years ago I picked up a set of colored pencils.  My love for colored pencils goes back to junior high and every year getting a new set for school and the excitement I felt sharpening all the bright new colors and using them for the first time.  Now I have a room dedicated to doing my artwork and I spend a lot of time there.  I still do some watercolors and have been trying my hand at acrylics and maybe someday I’ll do an oil painting again but for right now I love working with colored pencil.



Art has always been a part of my life. The connection I feel to everything around me, in the shapes, the colors and the details comes from deep within and my aim is to enable my viewers to see that connection through my artwork and hopefully allow them to appreciate the beauty all around us.   Today colored pencils are an extension of my passion for art. When a piece turns out well for me I feel it, so each painting is part of my joy.

– Terry Mellway/Artist/Author/Member of CPSA(Colored Pencil Society of America)/Member of Assiniboia Group of Artists Cooperative Inc./Member of Charleswood Group of Artists, Forum Art Centre Group, Manitoba Society of Artists




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15 Comments on “About the Artist

  1. Hello Terry, after I sent email to you I decided to look at your web site; I like what I see. Maybe sometime in spring ( or summer ) you could come and visit me in my studio – it is all outdoors; you would probably enjoy it. Some of the work on my web site comes from there.


  2. Hello Terry,
    Wow, I had heard you were good but you ooze talent with those pencils. You have got to come & visit us and enjoy the wonderful beauty of the Georgian Bay area and coastlines, both sandy and rocky and rugged! Very impressive website! Keep up the wonderful work. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you!


  3. Thank you Joann. I’m happy to hear that you finally got the email and had a chance to take a look. I was fortunate to be accepted by a jury panel into a Manitoba Art group recently, so I have my first showing here in October at the Assiniboine Downs. There are usually about 35 – 40 high caliber artists represented there so I’m really looking forward to that. Also my daughter Vicki is the Creative Director for a brand new Winnipeg Art Venue and they are having there Grand Opening in May, which I will also be a part of. So it looks like my work will start to receive some recognition. As a matter of fact my tiger piece was published in the Colored Pencil Magazine in February and they are thinking about doing a feature on my Jamaican once it’s done so I’ve been photographing it regularly as I work on it. Chris has told me how beautiful it is where you live now and I’d love to take some photos. Maybe this spring or summer when Chris is heading out there for business I could tag along and come for a visit. Look forward to seeing you guys again as it’s been awhile. Say hello to everyone!


  4. Hi Terry-
    I loved your portrait in Colored Pencil magazine so I thought I’d visit your site. Your work is very impressive. In your article you mention a watercolor brush as one of the materials, but you never say what you use it for?


  5. Good point Barry and good catch. Sorry I’m just getting to this now but my computer crashed the same day you submitted this and I just got it back up now so I’m going to be nose to the grindstone here to get caught up on mails and such. Anyway, I did mention in one of the tips in the article that I use my brush when working on hair or fur to blend my first few layers of color. I will then add more color and repeat with the brush as needed. I can then remove areas for highlights or where I’ve gone in a bit too dark or with more pencil create more depth or lines or whatever is needed. Hope that explains it for you and thanks for asking. I’m happy to hear that you like the portrait and took the time to check out my site. I will be posting more articles here probably on a weekly basis once I get caught up after the downtime.


  6. Your work is beautiful. Mine looks like a color book picture. Can you explan how you do the work in CP. it looks so real, smooth and no marks. Help me please love CP


  7. Hi Barb,

    I commented back to you on the Art Colony. My suggestions are those I mentioned. You really need to use a light touch and layer building the final effect. It takes time and practice to get to that place where the lightbulb goes on and you realize you get it. If you have specific questions feel free to ask but start with good pencils (my recommend is Faber Castell Polychromos) and good paper (bristol vellum). Start small and learn to layer. Some helpful books/videos are those by Janie Gildow. She shows you step by step how to achieve certain techniques. But again keep practicing and if you have a specific question please ask.

    Happy painting!


  8. Dear Terry Mellway,

    My name is Nikki. I am a PR Assistant at Agora Gallery, which is located in the Chelsea art district, NYC. May I send you some information about our gallery and promotional services, which may be of interest to you?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Nikki Fraser
    PR Assistant/Agora Gallery


  9. Hello Terry, I think your “Jamaican” is “masterful”! I feel his essence, the wisdom, life and even the heat of the country.
    Congratulations, so well done!
    I have worked watercolors for years and some graphite, inks, colored pencils …mostly realistic to some degree…. and now experimenting with acrylics with a more abstract bent.
    I enjoy your work and invite you to my site as well,
    Marcella Wheatley


  10. Hi there fellow Canadian! Marcella – thank you for your inspiring comments. The “Jamaican” has been a milestone in my career in that first of all I thoroughly enjoyed bringing him to life and also the story behind him which was part of a 4-page feature article in the May 2014 issue of Coloured Pencil Magazine. I also won the W. Cliff Packer award for this piece. Thank you also for the invite to view your page. Your work is outstanding and I particularly like the white glads, one of my favorite flowers. You took up the challenge with whites and the result is stunning. Please keep in touch as it is always nice to chat with fellow Canadians. I sometimes get out to Calgary to visit a brother-in-law there as well as attend some of the leading edge workshops so it would be great to meet you.



  11. Terry, it was a real pleasure talking with you and your husband yesterday. The best part of all was checking out your amazing work online when I returned home! I would never believe that “Threesome” wasn’t a photograph! Ditto the others. I’m enriched by discovering your art.


  12. Thanks Ginny. It was so nice to speak with you as well. We enjoyed our day in Gimli and we’re still looking but our place will come yet.


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