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Hi. I'm Melanie, an Indigenous portrait artist, who teaches online art classes to thousands of women around the world. I help women learn to love their creative time, so they can consistently show up for themselves and experience more joy, relaxation, and energy in their daily lives. I am a trained Expressive Arts Practitioner and experienced educator of 24 years. I am from the Squamish First Nation in Vancouver, Canada and I draw from my traditional ancestry and teachings in my art practice and lessons. I provide gentle guidance and encouragement for women, so they can experience the medicines of art and build their own unique artistic voice. I believe in you.

Melanie Rivers

My art

In my art, I depict the strength, realness and vulnerability of women. Art has many medicines to share with us—stillness, joy, connection-- and by building a self- compassionate art practice, we can experience these medicines on a regular basis.

Hearts' voice is spoken through art.

Art and creativity are medicine for the soul.

Lean to create story with your art

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.

My gift to you

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My courses have been featured in:

  • Let's Face It
  • Kaleidoscope