Esperança Melo was born in the Azores, and has made her home in the village of Millbrook, Ontario. She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation Program and a Graphic Design honours graduate from George Brown College.

Esperança works in various art forms and media, including painting, collage and sculpting in papier-mâché. She has illustrated several children’s books, among them More Blueberries! and Love You More, by author Susan Musgrave, and co-illustrated with Bill Slavin the picture book Drumheller Dinosaur Dance, by author Robert Heidbreder, which was the recipient of the 2005 Blue Spruce Award in Ontario and the 2006 Chocolate Lily Award in B.C.