Artist Melanie Maria
I started started making jewelry for healing and my love for rejuvenating through gemstones and alchemical metals. This creative blessing has completely changed my life!
I am truly blessed with bright vision & depth in my sight. I dedicate everything that I create to my mother and grandmothers of my lineage for they have cultivated my vision, this artistic passion & living dream. I am truly blessed with a bright vision. I aquired some deep insight as I was young, way before I could draw. Thoughts of what it would be like to not be able to see daily filled my mind. One of my great grandmothers went blind before i was born. Yet she knew so much of what was happening around her by all her other sensations. I grew up very close to her & part time in the same house. I was just about 10 years old when she past away and this experience made me very passionate about art especially colorful & tactile art.
I am a true descendant of the Mediterranean Islands (Cyprus, Malta & Sardinia), The Balkans, Ireland/Scotland, Italian, Gypsy & Slovak Bohemian European heritage. I have been a painter, illustrator, designer and lover of beauty my whole life. All Pastels, Paintings and Drawings are the original ideas of Melanie Maria Scott acquired through meditation, studying nature, intuition, love and participating in earth-spirit medicine ceremonies. In 2001 after receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with emphasis in Graphic Design, I established Swan Designs. Since the completion of her undergraduate degree, I peruse in a career working as a freelance artist, illustrator, designer & artisan. In further pursuit of peace, I have continued my education for a 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 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. I have also been in gallery exhibitions in Miami, New York City & Paris for my jewelry work & paintings! I have even had one of my photographs I took of my earrings projected on the side of a building in Times Square through the See.Me in 2012.
My journey led me to move Hawaii over 14 years ago and transformed my life passions & business into Maui Swan Designs. I am now find myself obsessed with making very delicate yet durable fine quality hand crafted gemstone & glass seed bead alchemy jewelry. Every gemstone in each individual design is hand selected, cleansed with sacred waters, and empowered with healing metaphysical divine prayers and psychic intention. Personally harvested Hawaiian seeds and shells are enjoyably shared within these glamorous and tribal works inspired by native culture and people of the Hawaiian Islands. A recently explored specialty, inspired by a meditative spiritual path, is intricate glass seed bead patterns and tactile designs.
Thank you to all who support my journey and I hope to inspire yours :)