Story Art

Between Roots and 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.

Eskwukwem: On the Shore

On the Shore, mixed media original painting by Melanie Rivers

Coarse sand beneath her feet,

Sister mountains stand behind her,

Ancient memories wash over, 

As soft waves repeat their stories on the shoreline,

Layering, repeating, gently moving,

A place to forage, to gather, to greet,

It’s how it was and how it is,

Ancestors guide,

Patterns repeat,

In this place,

On the shoreline,

She watches and she waits,

Earth Mother, a mixed media portrait by Melanie Rivers

She is steadfast through time,

Enduring the cycles,

Her heart beats strong,

She host us with her love,

Bringing ancient wisdoms,

‘We are all one,’ she whispers,

Stone, earth, fire, wind,

Bird, fish, forest, animals,

Life connected across oceans, air, and land,

One home— one family.

Moon Woman

Moon Woman Mixed Media Painting by Melanie Rivers

There is an ebb and flow to the struggles and joys in life- the cycles of the moon show us this. She experiences these pains along with the joyful moments. Struggle is a part of life- it is inevitable. It is a part of being human, what connects her to others. But, in the darkness, she has a light that shines inside her. When she trusts herself and ceases to resist or try to control— her light shines brighter. She relaxes into the flow of life, living each moment in the moment. Not anticipating, being patient and allowing. She chooses to surrender.

The Journey- a lesson in Create Make Express

Journey, mixed media expressive portrait by Melanie Rivers

The journey begins and begins again,

New places and unknowns ahead,

At time lost, at times sure,

Cross roads of possibilities,

Take a leap- smile - breathe,

Follow hopes momentum,

Nurture what comes alive,

Breathe in the teachings,

Hearts path spirals inward.

Her Big Adventure- a lesson in 21 Secrets FaceTime

Her Big Adventure, a mixed media portrait by Melanie Rivers

The moon lights her path along the shore,

She is by herself, but not alone,

The waves gentle, sure rhythm brings her comfort,

Flowing, recreating, moving,

The dark blue watery sky blankets over her,

The rich green ferns brush her off as she moves forward,

Stumbling at times on slippery rocks,

She may not know what is ahead but,

She finds her way, one step at a time,

Hope’s beacon guiding her.

Ancient Stone Medicine: Moonstone- a lesson in Life Book

Ancient Stone Woman mixed media painting by Melanie Rivers

She is ancient--her energies gathered through time, her wisdom earned through the years. She is solid, holding space for the inward journey—drawing out hidden truths so balance, nourishment and tranquility can be found. She is waiting for you to seek out stillness, accept her guidance, and find your own inner knowing. 

Four Legged and Winged Friends

The animals, birds, and insects have many medicines to share with us-- transformation, flight, perspective, protection, quiet, companionship, and strength. 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.
— Maya Angelou

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