Experience arts’ medicines-- joy, connection, stillness

Melanie Rivers, Indigenous mixed media artist and teacher


I am an Indigenous mixed media artist who teaches online art classes to women around the world.

I help women build joyful and self-compassionate art practices. 

Melanie is such a gentle soul with so much to give. She is very inspiring to a healthy practice involving mind/body/spirit in an artful way.
— Lynn Roberts

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Free Mixed Media Art Lesson

Create your own Tree Woman

Learn to create story with your art:


Between roots & Rings

These tree women are strong, grounded. They connect and communicate through their roots— nourishing each other, expressing their needs and warning each other of danger. Each ring tells a story and situates her present within her life’s history— her periods of growth, times of being stuck, her traumas, when she flourished and where her scars are. Her unique story is found within and between these lines. Their story is intertwined through the spaces between them.

raven voice

The voice inside our heads that tricks us into thinking we are not worthy. The raven is intelligent, adaptable, and can imitate human speech. It can be very convincing. It takes strength to notice this voice, take a step back from it, and be kind to ourselves. Beyond this voice is hope, love, and wholeness. These brave women work with the raven trickster to help others navigate these complexities and connect to their true worth.

her raven wings

 She is wrapped by her raven wings--soothing her pain and holding her in a moment of stillness--giving her space to rest, feel, and let go. This is not the first time she has been in this place, but she knows her raven wings will give her the peace she needs. When she is ready again, she will rise up and gently take flight.

Stillness is about focusing on nothingness; it’s about creating a clearing.
It’s opening up an emotionally clutter free space and allowing ourselves to feel
and think and dream and question.
— Brene Brown

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