Ever since she was very young, Melissa loved Anime.   I think it started with Simba the White Lion cartoon.   She also watched a cartoon about the 'G Force', which I can't remember the name of, but she chattered about it constantly!   I think that is what peaked her interest in this type of illustrating.   When she got older, Sailor Moon became a favorite.   The following pictures were drawn by Melissa sometime during her high school years.

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Melissa had two collies in her lifetime. The first one was 'Melissa's Golden Haze', or Raamo. Raamo crossed the rainbow bridge a few years back. The second one was Kellan. Kellan is also in heaven with Mim and Raamo. These two pictures are of Raamo, done sometime before 1996. I am not sure of the exact dates.

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raamo kellan