Melissa Elias is an artist born and raised in San Luis, AZ who currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. She received a BFA in Painting from Arizona State University: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in 2017. 

Elias' creative approach revolves around classic figurative painting introduced in a contemporary manner. She combines and creates a close relationship between the natural human forms with that of nature. Both functioning as fundamental participants in this world, her challenge is to interpret their essence within a two-dimensional space.

As a result, Elias' creative process involves various subjects that range from architecture, to the symbolism of plants and colors, the relationship between light and shadow, and the anatomy of human and flora alike.