Mellica received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of Maine, graduating cum laude with Honors in Art while studying art education as well. She also received a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education, with a teaching certificate to teach K-12.
Mellica was a private youth art teacher all along since University, while working as a Wildland Firefighter for various National Parks and the Forest Service. The last professional season she spent as a repeller with the local Wallowa Whitman National Forest. Wildland firefighting was a great way to work hard for six months a year, intending to gather material for her own art. The other six months were dedicated to travel, teaching, and making her own art. Wallowa County provided the perfect combination of landscape, people, and working opportunities to combine all interests. She has stayed since 2003, and finds the Josephy Center a great way to give to the children and adults the joy she found in making art. Mellica started teaching at the Center with one class in 2013 and quickly found it a second home. She was soon to fill a community need for children and adult clay classes and was named Lead Instructor in 2015.
Abstract painting and ceramics are her favorite mediums to express her way of looking at the world.