About Melanie Stimmell Van Latum
A Graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Melanie Stimmell Van Latum has had quite the career. Though you wouldn’t guess it by viewing her amazing 3D and Renaissance style street paintings, Melanie has the incredible cool factor of spending 8 years working on the iconic series South Park! Starting out as a Lead Technical Director on the feature film, ‘South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut’, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone then asked her to join the very popular Comedy Central series where she oversaw the transition from infamous paper cutouts to flawless digital animations.
During a summer hiatus from South Park I began street painting for fun and instantly fell in love. The asphalt became my home each summer until I made the decision to leave South Park to work full time as a street painter & fine artist. Melanie quickly became a leader in the Street Painting world – a ‘maestra madonnara’ (master street painter) – the only woman ever to hold this prestigious title in two countries (Italy and Germany). During her 20 years as a street painter extraordinaire, she was awarded Gold medals and 1st place awards in Europe’s most prestigious competitions to become one of the worlds most decorated street painters. She has worked with clients in Turkey, Holland, Thailand, The Republic of Georgia, UK, France, Canada, The Dutch Antilles, China, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and throughout the US and has consulted, painted, and held workshops for chalk painting events all over the world.
In 2012, Melanie and her husband Remco, started We Talk Chalk a 3D street painting company. Since its inception, they have created over 700 paintings throughout the world. They have a team of studio artist in Los Angeles and work with a select group of artists from all over the world.
Melanie is currently focusing her career on the wonderful world of surface design which she passionately fell in love with this year. Each day you can find her painting and creating patterns & designs that can be applied to all the wonderful things you see and use everyday.