Painting + Printmaking Alum Travels the World

Painting + Printmaking alumna Melissa Lesh (BFA ’13) travels the world with her boyfriend, Trevor Frost, to tell stories about nature, wildlife and conservation.

Lesh came to VCU for art school with plans to become a graphic designer. She spent summers working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, first in Maine learning about moose, then on Plum Island, Mass., filming salt marshes, and as a park ranger in the Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina dealing with a fire that engulfed parts of the swamp in the summer of 2011.

The couple recently finished a four-year project in Australia on the saltwater crocodile, the largest and most aggressive of all crocodile species and once nearly extinct on the continent. Frost’s photographs will be published as an in-depth online essay by National Geographic in the coming week. The couple collected hundreds of hours of video they hope to turn into a TV documentary.

Read the full article in Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Photo by Daniel Sangjib Min for Richmond Times-Dispatch.


September 6, 2017