Melinda Etzold

Originally from Bisbee, Arizona, Melinda has always loved the southwest and has been a resident of El Paso, Texas for over thirty years.  Melinda loves the vibrant colors of the desert and she expresses them vividly in her work.


A multi-media artist, Melinda has been painting for twenty two years. She began her artistic journey in oils. Since then, she has embraced pastels, which have become her favorite medium. She also enjoys the experimental nature of encaustics, which are an ancient Egyptian art form using colored wax and a hot iron. She loves the the fluid nature of watercolors and the feel and handling of acrylic paints.


In addition to her home atrium studio, Melinda paints outdoors weekly at many sites in the El Paso/Las Cruces area as a member of the Plein Air Painters of El Paso. She has been a member of the group for 6 years and co-president for the past two years. She is also an active member of the El Paso Art Association and in the past has served on their board. She is a member and past president of the Pastel Society of El Paso and for the past 8 years has attended the  International Association of Pastel Society's (IAPS) bi-annual convention and workshops held by well-known pastel artists Richard McKinnley, Desmond O'Hagan, Doug Dawson, Margaret Evans, and many others. She has exhibited and won awards in shows sponsored by all of these organizations. Her work has appeared in the El Paso Scene on numerous occasions and on the cover of the El Paso Scene in May 2008, April 2012, September 2012 and April 2013.


Melinda has also donated her work to community causes such as Buena Vida Adult Care Centers, Avance, Hospice of El Paso, KCOS-TV (Public Television in El Paso) she was chosen to be KCOS-TV's poster artist in 2010. Her work is currently on display at The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, El Paso, Texas.

Some of the paintings may be available for sale. All of the artwork is ORIGINAL.

Artist accepts commissions, special requests, portraits, landscapes, etc.

To feature the artist's artwork in your gallery or for any other question, please contact Melinda at:


4332 Donnybrook, El Paso TX 79902

(915) 603-6622

Email: or Website:


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