After moving to Victoria, BC, with no immediate job prospects, Melissa Milakovic decided to test the waters of her new city by selling her artwork at local craft fairs. When she realized this was a role she could grow into and enjoy, she began working to create a business she is proud of ever since. Being self-taught, Melissa initially created her artwork with only a pen: “All painting and computer design skills came through the process of trial and error, and are 100% learned by doing – with a lot of help from YouTube,” she said. When it comes to her process, she creates a series of watercolor washes and drawings, scans them into her computer and starts playing until a theme emerges. Then she runs with it.