My name is Melody Cole-Gates, I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where I have lived almost all my life. Well, except for that one year I spent in Louisville, Kentucky when I was nineteen with my mother, doing nothing but chilling, working for Micky D’s and hitting the club scenes, so that doesn’t really count, right??
I graduated from Colonel White High School in the 90’s -Go Cougars! Before that I went to Belmont, Roth and Weisenborn to name a few, so, I guess you can say we moved around a lot, but in the process, I made a few good friends, still to this day.
After high school, I took some college courses… I was doing well in all my classes, then due to unforeseen circumstances I ended up taking a long break from school…until now.
Over the years, I held jobs as a Customer Service Representative at GE and National City Mortgage. I also worked in the assembly line at places like Honda and GM. When I was laid off from my past employer over ten years ago, it became a blessing in disguise.
Instead, of beating the pavement to find another “real” job (as some would call it), I took my savings and invested it into becoming a full-time, professional self-taught artist. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have been fortunate enough to have sold my paintings and drawings across America and overseas. I have met, talked to and/or worked with some some great people from Downtown Dayton Partnership, Dayton Visual Arts Center, Living Dayton, Dayton Daily News and others. I even had my own art studio downtown at one time which was my dream.
I love painting people, landscapes and abstracts. It makes me happy to know that I can spark joy or a special memory in others through my artwork or just liven up their living or office space. Although painting has become my passion, it happens to be creative writing that is my first love.
It’s like, ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be an artist and a writer. Some might say writing and art are both my calling. Though, I know deep down that my writing needs a bit more cultivating to help it grow to its fullest potential. That’s why I am here (in school). So, I can be an artist who not only Paints People’s Pictures (say that 3x fast), but also the amazing writer that I know I can be. God willing.
“Telling a story is an art in any medium.” -Professor M.
English 1101, Semester 1
23 August 2017