Artist Melanie Maria
I started making Gemstone, Glass & Metal jewelry in 2007 for healing and my love for rejuvenating through meditation, gemstones and alchemical metals. This creative blessing has completely changed my life! I am very passionate about creating art art especially colorful & tactile art.
I dedicate everything that I create to my family lineage for they have cultivated my vision, this artistic passion & living dream.
I am a true descendant of Slovak Bohemian European heritage. I have been a painter, illustrator, designer & admirer of beauty & body adornment my whole life. All Pastels, Paintings and Drawings on this site are the original ideas acquired through meditation, studying nature, intuition, love and creative exploration. My creative passions led me to Maui Hawaii 15 years ago which helped cultivate my spiritual path practicing meditations & prayers, being deeply healed & inspired.
In 2001 after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with emphasis in Graphic Design, I established Swan Designs. Since the completion of my undergraduate degree, I peruse a career working as a freelance artist, illustrator, graphic designer & jewelry artisan. In further pursuit of peace, I continued my education towards an MFA in Art Therapy & Dance & Movement Therapy which later evolved into a certification in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, several other Yoga teacher trainings & a deep passion for healing the body, mind & spirit. I have experienced working with museums, universities, various interesting businesses, and also for prospective art lovers. Within the last 22 years I've accumulated thirteen awards of recognition internationally through juried exhibitions and portfolio reviews, including 1 gold & 3 silver key awards through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. With 20 years or more experience in realistic Life Drawing Skills/Portraits, Watercolor, Oil and Acrylic Painting, Pastels, Airbrushing, Artisan Jewelry, Modern Art, Dance and Yoga Therapy, Traditional Graphic Design, Digital & Fine Art Photography, Gicleé printing, Creative Design, Website Design, Marketing & Advertising. My jewelry works have had honorable recognition in gallery exhibitions in Miami, New York City & Paris since 2012!!!!