Melville Holmes is a traditional fine artist, using pictorial modes and painting methods derived from the Old Masters of the 15th-19th centuries. His work also extends into the field of art conservation and the scientific analysis of historic materials. He has several published papers to his credit, notably “Amber Varnish and the Technique of the Gentileschi,” published as an appendix in Artemisia Gentileschi and the Authority of Art: Critical Reading and Catalogue Raisonné by R. Ward Bissell, Penn State University Press. Best known for his role in renovating Spokane, Washington’s historic Davenport Hotel, he was recognized as a master craftsman by the Spokane chapter of the American Institute of Architects (2003).