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Melanie Hava


I am blessed to have been born into interesting and diverse cultures: my father comes from the oldest city in Austria, Enns (Upper Austria) and my mother is from the oldest cultures in the world, Aboriginal people of Australia. While celebrating my Austrian heritage, I also identify through my Mum's line as a Mamu Aboriginal woman, Dugul-barra and Wari-barra family groups, from the Johnstone River catchment of the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland and the adjoining Great Barrier Reef sea country. Reef and rainforest country are important sources for my inspirations.

I have known from a very young age that I was going to be an artist. While also being a bookworm and a piano player, art was a world that I frequently retreated into as I grew up. I reckon this is because I was deaf and felt I couldn't join in with groups of people. As a teen and along with my sister Joelene, we created art on didgeridoos and canvas. This art sold very quickly in the little, opal mining outback town of Yowah way out back of western Queensland. This red soil country still influences my works.

When I was in my late teens/early twenties, I started playing around with the ideas of combining my Aboriginal and Austrian inspirations. I had already tried my style in Aboriginal, Folk and Abstract arts and I had had a successful first exhibition at Outback at Isa Gallery (and right now coming up to a 10 year anniversary exhibition with them). So at 23 I travelled to Austria to live with my father's family and absorb as much as I could of the Folk and European culture. More than anything I loved the architecture, inside and out. The patterns, gold leaf and occassional Swarovski crystal in my works are some things that since then inspire my work!

In 2007 and 2009 I had children: the first a beautiful girl born with Spina Bifida and the other a very energetic boy. I found myself out of the rat race of paid work and a lot of extra time on my hands (post daughter and pre son that is!). So I indulged myself with painting every moment that I could.

I've since joined up with more galleries, had several exhibitions both solo and group, painting in Mount Isa, Toowoomba and Yowah before settling down in beautiful and inspiring Far North Queensland's Cairns city - close at hand to my mother's country and generations past and present. I'm feeling close with the spirit of rainforest and reef animals and this is coming out in my work. Also, I'm expanding my past focus by exploring family, culture and country stories and looking forward to where this leads.

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Melanie Hava mhaag021, Emu and Chicks 60x60cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag023, Monitor and Gumnut Flowers 60x60cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag041, Barramundi In the River 60x60cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag040, Crocodile and Lillies 60x60cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag039, Seahorse Family 60x60cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag038, Cockies Chatting 60x60cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag037, Turtles and Seahorses 120x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag035, Platypus Swimming 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag034, Kangaroo Under the Trees 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag033, Jabirus in the Wind 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag032, Goanna Mates 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag031, Echidna Walk 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag030, Barramundi Swimming 30x30
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Melanie Hava mhaag027, Sea Turtle in Silver 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag026, Kangaroo 30x30cm
Kangaroo mhaag026
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Melanie Hava mhaag025, Gecko 30x30cm
Gecko mhaag025
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Melanie Hava mhaag024, Brolgas in the Grass 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag022, Into the Current 60x60cm
Into the Current mhaag022
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Melanie Hava mhaag020, Turtle and Starfish 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag019, Swimming Upstream 30x30cm
Swimming Upstream mhaag019
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Melanie Hava mhaag018, Seahorses 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag017, Resting Kangaroo 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag016, Platypus in Green 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag015, Jellyfish 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag014, Brolgas Flirting 30x30cm
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Melanie Hava mhaag013, Towards the Light 120x45cm.JPG
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Dance of the Brolgas, Melanie Hava 61x61cm mhaag010.JPG
Dance of the Brolgas mhaag010
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Sea Turtle Swimming through Coral, Melanie Hava 30x30cm mhaag008.JPG
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Goanna, Melanie Hava 30x30cm mhaag007.JPG
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Platypus and Child, Melanie Hava 30x30cm mhaag005.JPG
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Brolgas Dancing, Melanie Hava 30x30cm mhaag004.JPG
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Red Kangaroo, Melanie Hava 30x30cm mhaag003.JPG
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Sea Turtles, Melanie Hava 30x30cm mhaag002.JPG
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Crocodiles Hunting, Melanie Hava 30x30cm mhaag001.JPG
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