“The Thomas Melvin Painting Studio specializes in the design and execution of original murals and all manner of decorative painting.
Thomas Kirk Melvin was born in New York City in 1952 and lived in Tokyo, Japan, from 1961 to 1964. He received a BA degree in Sculpture and Performance Art from Bennington College in Vermont in 1975. Except for a short stint as a "gandy dancer" for the Rocky Mountain East Division of the Burlington Northern Railroad, he employed himself as a sign painter and muralist before settling with his wife Nancy in Chicago.
Nancy Melvin does Lazure color glaze work for the studio in private homes and public spaces like the Conference Room at Angelic Organics, above their offices in the repurposed Corn Crib. She lends her critical eye to the design and sketch stage. As a textile artist, she grows her own dyes for yarn and silk and works within the artisan collective of Union Handmade at 3860 N.
May Melvin, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Melvin, grew up in Chicago and learned the family biz along the way. She has been working on and off with her parents as soon as she could hold a brush and or needle. Joining the studio for many of the large-scale exterior murals, she is the first woman in the state of Illinois to get her scaffold license while painting the 18 story.”