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About the Artist
Melinda Engel Runge grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. As a young child, Melinda started painting, drawing and sketching with her grandfather who taught her the basics. Her great grandmother Eleanor Hartwell was a well known St. Louis artist and member of the St. Louis Artist Guild. Her grandmother’s art inspired Melinda to learn to paint. In high school, Melinda took many art classes and won many awards, motivating her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts at William Woods University.