Mel Terrazas was born in 1992 in central New York. She received her BFA in drawing and painting from Purchase College in 2015.

Today, Mel is traveling the United States in her campervan, expanding her influences and portfolio. Travel has impacted Mel’s creativity in a way that nothing else has. Her time spent abroad guides her work and develops the abstractions into portraits of each excursion. Working with both oil and acrylic, her pieces currently range from 72×72″ to 3×3″. Each element of the painting correlates to a part of travel: destinations, public transport, maps, people, landscapes, nature, even time. She takes care to develop imagery which represents her personal response to a place, as well as transporting the viewer. Utilizing the language of maps, she attempts to embed an entire journey on each canvas.