My background is in architecture and digital design, and my main theme of work is based around nature. I love storytelling and I work with a combination of hand drawing and digital design. I always want to incorporate a hand made feel to my work as a way of connecting with the viewer and also to tell the story of the how the work is made.  

In 2019 I completed a degree in animation and made a short film A Quack Too Far. I’m currently working on a new short animation called Keep Going, Little Snail which will be completed later in 2021. I was delighted to receive an artist’s bursary from Westmeath County Council, Donegal County Council and Creative Ireland to support me with its development in 2020, as well as a professional development bursary and an Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Before animation I was a full time Illustrator, you might know me from Naturama and My Naturama Nature Journal (I was Melissa Doran then), written by Michael Fewer and published by Gill Books.

Watch me on TV talking about Naturama (2016) and how I draw.


B.A. (Hons) Animation (2.1) Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education/ University of Wolverhampton, 2019
Cert. Animation (2.1) Pulse College/ Griffith College, 2018
Cert. Entrepreneurship (1.1) National College of Ireland, 2011
M.A. Digital Media Technology (2.1) Dublin Institute of Technology, 2010
B.Sc. Architecture, University College Dublin, 2006

Selected Exhibitions/Screenings

Animated Short Film – A Quack Too Far

  • Nenagh Children’s Film Festival, Ireland, 2021
  • Brussels Independent Film Festival, Belgium, 2021
  • Palm Springs International Animation Festival, USA, 2020/21
  • Whose Wood These Are: A Festival of Trees, Ireland, 2020
  • Athens Animfest, Greece, 2020
  • Irish Film From Home, London Film Festival, UK, 2020
  • Amsterdam Independent Film Festival, the Netherlands, 2020
  • Semi-finalist for New York Animation Awards, USA, 2020
  • We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival, USA, 2020
  • Cambodia International Film Festival, 2020
  • Moscow Irish Film Festival, Russia, 2020
  • Chicago Irish Film Festival, USA, 2020
  • The 21st Bucheon International Animation Film Festival (Oscar Qualifying), South Korea, 2019 (plus Q and A)
  • Anim!Arte – International Student Animation Festival of Brazil, 2019
  • Culture Night at The Dock, Ireland, 2019 (plus a “Making of” presentation).
  • BRUKIVKA International Film Festival, Ukraine, 2019  
  • Semana Por La Soberania Audiovisual, Argentina, 2019  
  • 31st Galway Film Fleadh, (Oscar Qualifying), Ireland, 2019

Illustration – Solo

Íontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, Naturama solo exhibition (2017)
Bí Urban, Stoneybatter, Co Dublin, Naturama solo exhibition (2017)

Illustration – Group

NoFixedAbode, group exhibition, Copper House Gallery, Dublin (2017)
Print, Fumbally Exchange, group exhibition, Dublin (2017)
Transformation, group exhibition, #100daysofbicycles, Fumbally Exchange, Dublin (2015)
Elementals, group exhibition, Fumbally Exchange, Dublin (2015)
Xmas Exhibition, group exhibition, Bernard Shaw, Dublin (2014)
Blot, Children’s Book Exhibition, group exhibition, Little Green Street Gallery, Dublin (2012)

Video Art installation – Dream in a Landscape, and others

Bring your own Beamer, video art festival, with Woven Skull, IMOCA studios, Dublin (2011)
Contemporary Art and the Moving Image, Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast (2011)
Galway Art’s Festival, group screening, Galway (2011)
Sanctioned Array, group screening, White Box, New York City (2010)
Everyone Has A Different View, Playhouse, Nottingham (2010)
Expanded Architecture at the Festival of Architecture, Sydney (2010)
International Digital Art Festival, National Academy of Arts, Sofia (2010)
Videogram, Limerick (2010)
Darklight X, Dublin (2009)

Documentary short film – Bike Love – Directed and Edited

Cork Bicycle Festival (2009)
Kerry Bicycle Festival (2009)

Portrait by Maiden Moose