I started this business two years ago in a surgical waiting room after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In that room, I saw multitudes of angels of every size and description: figurines, cards, mobiles, prints, books, and more. Grateful post-surgery patients had heaped all of these angels behind, on top of, and around the receptionist’s desk. It was an overwhelming reminder of the help I always have. Along with family and friends, this divine assistance got me through cancer treatment. I decided to design portable reminders of this marvelous help that surrounds us.
I have worked as an artist and designer for over 20 years. I combine traditional oil painting on canvas with digital techniques to create spiritual designs and patterns. I base each seasonal line on a new oil painting. My husband and I develop and test all bags and patterns at our studio in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. Living in this revolutionary district - so close to the beauty of Golden Gate Park - is a source of endless inspiration.
My goal for Melinda Gail is to remind women that they are spiritual beings and are surrounded by spiritual help at all times.
I met my husband James in fashion school in San Francisco. His background in the printing industry compliments my background in art and graphic design. He creates a faithful interpretation of my designs into the textile prints we use for production. We write about our adventures in the MG Blog.
A portion of all sales will go to breast cancer charities - BAYS (Bay Area Young Survivors) in San Francisco and Cleaning For a Reason - an organization that provides free house cleaning for cancer patients.