Melissa Ritchie's artwork is an ecclectic series of realistic still life oil paintings and gold guilded drawings. Her still life painting has been highly influence by the world of commercial art and graphic design. This translates in many ways, from colour composition to brand inclusions in her work. Melissa's still life paintings are careful compositions full of allegories, which capture a moment in time where all represented items tell an (often nostalgic) story.
Many of Melissa's still life paintings have been finalists in the EMSLA Art Prize, Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Kennedy Art Prize, Lethbridge 20000 Art Prize, Small Scale Art Prize, Pirtek Prize, Calleen Art Prize and Ryde City Art Prize.