Margie Melby was born in New York and presently lives in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from U.T. Austin with a BA in Psychology and while attending graduate school embarked on an art career making papier mache box purses. Art has been a major focus in her life since. She has been a painter, enamellist and finally found her passion in metal work. She studied five years with Rachelle Thiewes at UTEP and has taken workshops with Boris Bally, Richard Mawdsley, Glenda Arentzen, Claire Sanford, Bob Ebendorf and others. She lives part time on her ranch in New Mexico where the rich archaeological sites have had a profound influence on her most recent pieces. Her work is taken on a simpler and more primitive form.
While at the ranch there may be a kids’ camp in session where Margie teaches arts and crafts, and archaeological seminar studying the Indian pueblo or a group of city slickers. When time permits, Margie rides her cutting horses, gathers cattle and collects ideas for more art.