Melissa Ritchie is a Wollongong based visual artist, who is well known for her unique portraits. Predominately an oil painter, Melissa Ritchie was a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize. She has also been a finalist in the Percival Portrait Prize, Black Swan Portraiture Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, Kennedy Prize and the Kilgour Prize. Painting from her Illawarra based studio in NSW, Melissa Ritchie has also been a featured artist on the internationally screen TV series “Colour in Your Life”, giving her a world wide fan base. “My portraits are often a satirical celebration of the sitter. Influenced by graphic art and vintage design. I portray a sitter’s personality by painting them in a role or genre, often fictional, that mirror elements of their own true life character. I like to think of myself as the Annie Leibovitz of portrait painting”.