Meadowlark Gallery: The Artist Biographies

Mel Fillerup (1924-2010)

Mel Fillerup was born in Lovell, Wyoming in 1924. Early in life Mel Fillerup came to feel the excitement that is the wonderful world of drawing and painting. The home library during those early years had a set of children's books entitled "My Bookhouse" and "Drawing Made Easy" by Charles Lederer. Mel copied many of these illustrations and went through the exercises in the art instruction book many times. There was no art instruction in the high school in those days, but he was unofficially considered the class artist. He attended the University of Wyoming where he graduated with a law degree. In 1952, he and his wife, Ruth, moved to Cody, Wyoming where he opened a law office. He continued drawing and painting as an avocation. In 1977 he made painting his full time profession. He has had the good fortune to come under the influence of Conrad Schwiering, Paul Bransom, Bob Meyers, Robert Lougheed, and Bill Reese.

View high resolution images of works by Mel Fillerup when available.