Melanie Miller works from a small wooden studio on Eel Pie Island in Twickenham near where I live. This island was famous in the 1960's a major jazz and blues venue. Miller's shed is in a boatyard at the end of the island. She feels that this location has influenced her work a great deal. Natural objects that are around Miller's studio often appear in her hauntingly beautiful paintings. She finds beauty in simple found objects or insects particularly moths which she finds more interesting than butterflies. Miller paints in oil on gesso panels which she prepares herself.