Kaya, I'm Mel, a Noongar Aboriginal Artist living on Whadjuk Country, Western Australia.
I was born in Nambour, Gubbi Gubbi Country in Queensland and moved to Western Australia at the age of 10. My Woods family heritage is from Gnowangerup, Goreng Country in South West WA.
Through a variety of mediums, I use paint as a tool to tell stories and share knowledge. Raised away from my Aboriginal heritage, I wasn’t connected to my culture. Through painting I seek to rebuild that connection, with a self-taught practice that extends from acrylics on canvas to leather and enamel paints as well as large-scale mural based works.
I am incredibly passionate about sharing my heritage and culture to keep it alive, leading workshops and inspiring the younger generation by telling stories through art.
I have experience working with a number of clients, creating work for private commissions as well as in the public domain. I am currently an artist in residence for my second year at Manjedal Activity Centre (ScoutsWA) where I run art workshops and projects across ScoutsWA groups and for DCP children.
canvas art & LICENSING.
I use paint as a tool to tell stories and share knowledge.
Canvas art are original works created by myself, that each represent elements of my culture.
Below you can see the art currently available for purchase or license. Please click on the relevant piece you are interested in to view the details of the painting including the story, dimensions and price. Many of the pieces are also available to license for reproduction where indicated.
Please contact me if you are interested in any of the art or if you would like something personally commissioned.
I am incredibly passionate about sharing my heritage and culture through art.
I work on a range of different art projects including school workshops with students, painting murals, art licensing for reproduction, Aboriginal art logos, public art and much more.
My Instagram below shows some examples of my recent art projects.
Please contact me if you have an art project you would like to discuss.