About the Artist

Melinda Lowry Anter (MELA) grew up in Utah and Colorado and currently lives in Rhode Island with her husband and 3 dogs.  She's had a passion for art since she was a child; inspired by animals she would draw for hours on end and continued her obsession through college where she studied Illustration and started a pet portrait business that has continued as a hobby through the years. 

" I have been drawing since I was young; my favorite subject to draw has always been animals."


She loves working with different types of mediums – acrylics, oils, charcoal, prisma color pencils, watercolor and airbrush.  Although her passion has always been art, she pursued a career in sales and marketing and enjoyed working for various companies ranging from an advertising agency in Chicago to a locum tenens facility in Salt Lake City placing doctors in long and short term assignments in New Zealand. After 15 years in the corporate world, she could no longer hold back her desire to be creative.  She had the opportunity to go to the Art Institute of SLC and jumped at the chance to learn graphic design.  She enjoys combining hands-on art with graphic design to create unique pieces.

As the owner and creator of Moxibod.com, Melinda enjoys running this online business with her sisters and focusing on her graphic design and photography skills. When she started painting again, she couldn’t stop the ideas from bursting out.  She hasn’t stopped painting since.  Inspired by Voka, Lindsey Kustusch, Iris Scott, and Alpay Efe, she creates unique pieces ranging from animals to musicians and accepts commissioned projects.

Artist Statement: 

One of my favorite quotes “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” by Edgar Degas.  


I always think of this before I start a piece. What can I create with my art to give the viewer a new way to see it?  I am inspired and excited to make something that was not there before, to bring a photograph to life through layered colors and textures.

I love contrast - bright whites against a dark background, or using vibrant colors that pop.  I also love lines - hard lines with crisp edges that blur into soft shading to show round forms. Through a series of layering, drying and layering again, I work to develop a richness in my paintings that show depth. 

My earlier artwork was done in prisma color pencils, but I have found with acrylic paints that I can explore a new way of shading, using a looser style with multiple layers to get a deepness to the colors and intensity to the texture that resonate with the viewer.  My goal is to capture the personality of my subject, focusing on details of the face, with special care and attention to the eyes. 

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 Watercolor art of best buddies.


Pencil sketch of a beloved bulldog with his loving fur mom.


Painting an outdoor tiger mural using acrylic and Kwal paints.


Long haired dachshund custom portrait.


Acrylic painting of a toucan.


Digital artwork of Jim Morrison.


Bob Moses pop art - acrylic on canvas


Layered Art Photo

Watercolor and pen artwork layered in Photoshop.


Watercolor and pen/ink illustration.


Prisma color custom portrait on suede board.

Airbrush mural of a swat team at a tactical training center.


Work in progress - pencil sketch of a horse.


Collage in Photoshop and one of her favorite quotes.


Chappie - her Italian Greyhound who helps with drawings.