Hello, I’m Melinda.

I’m a writer and an artist on a mission to create art that encourages and inspires people towards a kinder, gentler, happier, compassionate world. 

My artworks are often inspired by my reflections on life. I love drawing the traditional way and my line illustrations are hand drawn with fine liner pens on paper. Sometimes, my poem and prose accompany the artwork.

Bring my art home

Bring my art home with art prints, home decor, office decor, greeting cards. You can find my shop on Society6 under my name, Melinda Yeoh, an open marketplace for independent artists. Ships worldwide.

Find Joy In Ordinary Things poem with line illustration art print by Melinda Yeoh. Buy in Society6 https://society6.com/product/find-joy-in-ordinary-things-poem-with-line-illustration_print?curator=melindayeoh

Find Joy In Ordinary Things poem with line illustration art print

This encouraging poem was written at one of the lowest points of my life, where I learnt to be grateful for the simple little things in life. This attitude has made daily life so much richer.

Commitment | line illustration of yellow birds Art Print by melindayeoh. Buy in Society6 https://society6.com/product/commitment5496322_print?curator=melindayeoh

Commitment | line illustration of yellow birds art print

Black-naped Oriole birds are usually seen in pairs, and often together for life! *Inspired by the knowledge, I illustrated the pair of birds with black fine liner pen and coloured brush pen. It also reminds me of the wedding vow.…till death us do part.

*Shout-out: thanks to the information I found on Mikebirder, and also the photo taken by Hyongchol Kim

You are made for a purpose | Coffee glass illustration art print

Do you have a favourite everyday item that’s in your life quietly serving you?
I broke my coffee glass. It has accompanied my breakfast for the past four years. I’m sad but I’m thankful for the memories.

Courage to be who you are | woman in pencil & pen illustration Canvas Print by melindayeoh. Buy in Society6 shop https://society6.com/product/who-are-you-woman-in-pencil-pen-illustration5498735_stretched-canvas?curator=melindayeoh

Courage to be who you are | Woman in pencil & pen illustration canvas print

Sometimes we put on a facade to portray who we are not. It takes courage to be who we truly are.

My story

I’m a self-taught artist, both in drawing and writing. Born and raised in Penang, Malaysia. As the only child in the family with no siblings to play with, my late mother would buy me books to read and art books to keep me occupied.

Coming from the maternal side of the family where different ones would paint, draw, play the guitar, sew, do arts & crafts—I didn’t realise I was being nurtured by this creative environment. 

In my adult life, I often have visuals, words, and ideas in my head that I yearn to draw or write them out.

Always drawn to art and beauty, I ignored pursuing this artistic path; choosing to stick to “safe and known” careers for over 20 years.

It is only in 2018, I tip-toed into full-time writing after years of doing other types of work. And in 2021, I followed the instinct in my heart to draw. 

It was a breakthrough of smashing my brutal inner-critic of “don’t do it, who do you think you are, people are gonna laugh behind your back!”, “do something more practical; this is so self-indulgent!”, and “what if you fail?”

March 2021 was a milestone for me. I finally accepted that the artistic path—is the path for me. 

I’m now combining my two loves—drawing and writing, as my vocation, career and business. The journey is new, yes, but it has been many years in the making—starting from the years as a seven-year-old, sitting cross-legged on the floor, learning to draw from the many art books my late mother has bought me, to the I’ve-lost-count-of-words I’ve penned and typed. 

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HopeMail is a newsletter about life lessons from daily living, what I’m up to, what I’m thinking, and my latest writing and drawing work. Candid and reflective. Kinda like those honest conversations with friends. C’mon in.