Ms. Colabella was born and raised in Connecticut, where she was born in 1976. She currently resides in East Granby. Melissa has been making art for as long as she can remember. Her mother, who is also a professional artist, influenced her love for art. She found inspiration from her grandfather as well. Ms. Colabella has found herself right at home in textile and jewelry design, as well as photography and illustration. She enjoys spending quality time with her family when not creating art.