Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators


James Mellett


James Mellett is a Pittsburgh native and has been a freelance illustrator for over 30 years working out of his home studio. He has a BFA from Indiana University of PA (IUP) and an Associate Degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Jim has completed over 55 large montage illustrations for White Mountain Puzzles (WMP). Some of Jim's most popular jigsaw puzzle titles are TV History, Hollywood, Ireland, The Sixties, Movies, Iconic America, and Rock 'n' Roll. Jim has maintained a professional relationship with WMP for over 25 years. Some of his other freelance clients include: Heinz, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Family Communications (Fred Rogers Productions), Fresh Express, Nova Chemicals, McKesson, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Liberty Magazine, Kelly Russell Studios, as well as textbook publishers, magazines, and other assorted publishers. He has exhibited at Society of Illustrators/LA, Illustration West 39th Annual Show, Kipp Gallery at IUP, Senator John Heinz History Center, Renaissance Gallery in Carnegie, PA; James Gallery, Create-A-Frame Handworks Gallery, and frequently at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery. James has also won awards for his sports art in the Beckett Magazine Annual Sports Art Gallery. James is a founding member of the Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators (PSI), the second largest illustrators’ society in the United States. He served in the position of secretary for many of the group’s early years and is currently serving as President of PSI. Jim lives in Mt. Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb, with wife, Jan, and daughter, Kathryn.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15228


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