Bonbon's Treasure was established in the year 2007, Alberta Canada, in memory of Bonbon Hsiao, sister of the founder Melanie Hsiao. Bonbon had always been Melanie's inspiration and support. Unfortunately, Bonbon lost her battle to cancer in 2002. Pressed Flower Art by Melanie reflects her love for Bonbon and her admiration for nature.
Bonbon's Treasure is devoted to inspire and create.
Hi, my name is Melanie Hsiao. I am a professional visual artist specializing in pressed flower art and painting. I studied commercial design and pressed flower art, and currently, I am in the Visual Art extension certificate program at the University of Alberta. I am a resident artist at Visual Arts Galleries and Studio in St. Albert Alberta.
I love arts since I was a little girl. I went to drawing and Chinese brush painting classes with my mother when I was a kid. I would think the love of art came from the influence of my father, who loved arts and literature in all his life. He wanted to be a writer. But his dream was shattered when the communist party took over his home in China.
I studied commercial design in Taiwan and advertising at the University of Texas, the United States; I practiced pressed flower art as a hobby for more than twelve years. I worked in corporate world for many years until the stage-three cancer in 2008 brought me back to the art I love when I asked myself what the last thing I wanted to do before I died. I quit my daytime job, picked up a brush and established my business "Bonbon’s Treasure" (named after my sister who died of cancer two months before her 40th birthday) promoting the art and painting with real flowers.
Emigrating from Taiwan (a tropical island next to China) to Alberta, I clearly saw the uniquenesses and beauty of Alberta's landscapes, sunlight and plant species; I fall in love with the wild and untamed spirit of Alberta. It is my lifetime commitment to advocate the beauty and importance of protecting our lands, the boreal forests and all the living creatures who call this precious land home.