Melville Holmes, born 1950 in San Francisco, is a traditional fine artist, working mostly in oil painting but also in watercolors and various drawing media. His approach to the painter’s craft is built upon a desire for permanency similar to that of the legendary medieval craftsmen. His quest to achieve the necessary knowledge and skills for many of his endeavors required extensive travels and diligent research into the history, technology, chemistry, and scientific analysis of painting materials throughout the ages. It is for this reason that he is considered not only an artist, but also a craftsman and a scholar.