After receiving a BFA from Parsons School
of Design in New York City Melissa Maiorano worked as a package
designer with Revlon Inc. through 1990. After her daughters were
born she continued with commissioned design and illustration projects.
In 2001, She returned to her painting and
opened the Studio Window in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Over the years her watercolor paintings on
onyx stone have become of major importance to her, leading to a variety
of private and city commissioned works in varying mediums.
Melissa continues to work in watercolor and
has returned to oil on canvas. She finds inspiration within Hudson
County's bays and along its uniquely beautiful shorelines. The City
of Bayonne hosts an array of cityscapes and landmarks from which
to work and, on a personal level, has warmly offered Melissa a cherished
network of community support.
In response to the tragedy of 9/11, Melissa
was commissioned by the City of Bayonne to create a 20-foot panorama
depicting the skyline of Manhattan as seen from Bayonne. Families
of victims and the public were invited to sign the mural during its
Maiorano has exhibited with the Bayonne
Historical Society, the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage
Affairs, and the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts. She is
currently the Vice President of the Hudson Artists of New Jersey