Art brings people together, and creativity opens hearts. Welcome to my online portfolio. I'm excited to share my work with you! Take a look around to see some of my latest projects and learn more about my background and creative influences. Interested in one of my pieces or having me create a customized piece just for you? Please contact me.
Melany Sarafis served her country for 24 years and recently retired from the USAF as a First Sergeant. She thinks it's really stupid when photographers refer to themselves in the 3rd person on their biographies.
I needed to do something 'low speed' after a successful but stressful military career. I've have been an avid photographer for a few years and enjoy this 'internal' creative process. I am now a full time student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography and Jewelry/Metalsmithing.
I'm happiest when I'm outdoors with nature, and I especially enjoy photographing the night sky. I feel my spirit soar when I'm outside! After taking an Art History course and learning a little about the Renaissance, I've become enamored with this art era. I took a trip to Florence Italy (the home of the Renaissance) and found a lot of inspiration there. I only wish I was as talented as the painters of that era. After completing an entry level geology class, I've learned to appreciate the landscape even more; I'm always on the lookout for clues to learn how the land was formed, and to learn the history of its past.
I enjoy traveling and exploring new places, but I hate flying. I'm always ready for a road trip - usually to a state or national park. I hate crowds, and I'm always looking for the "off the beaten path" away from places that everyone else wants to go. I love finding those hidden jewels in state and national parks - the amazing places that everyone else overlooks.
Places my images are displayed:
As You Were, Vol 2 (Military and the Arts Journal)
Petrified Forest National Park