Toronto-based Nishinaabe artist Mel Bartel believes that all art is healing and therapeutic.

She is known for her expressive and intuitive ability to capture emotion, personality and spirit with paint & mixed-media on wood cradled panels. Mel also uses these abilities to create beautiful Beaded Earrings. She studied art at George Brown and at OCAD.
Mel grew up near Winnipeg, Canada and is 60's Scoop. She connected with her bio family in her 20's. She is a member of Lac Seul First Nation. Her Nishinaabe Name is Nendowaamjiget ~ which translates to "Seeker" in English. Mel is Wolf Clan.

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