……”Sometimes in life, the risk you are afraid to take is the one that changes your entire life” ….. -Kylie Francis
This quote describes Michele’s journey into the world of Art. Painting became a passion discovered at a time when she needed it most, following an unforeseen and complex health issue that has immeasurably changed her life. Michele’s past experience as an athlete, professional trainer and outdoor enthusiast prepared her to enter the world of painting being comfortable with the uncomfortable and confident being uncertain.
The opportunity to explore her artistic side with intention has been exciting, as she discovered a natural affinity to create meaningful pieces when applying brush to canvas. She prefers to paint on medium to large scale canvas with acrylics using an array of mediums, techniques, tools and shades of colour, to create a pleasing and intriguing balance between artistic impression and reality. A self-taught artist, Michele’s effortless ability to mix texture, colour and composition is a gift she is excited to share.
Her introduction into the world of Art has been a whirlwind with the creation of an extensive portfolio of commissioned work, mountainscapes & wildlife images, in addition to recently being recognized with a number of Silver and Bronze Awards in International Art Competitions! Most recently, Michele has been invited to showcase a selection of works from her wildlife collections in the “Art Gallery Kimberly” in British Columbia.
Michele is drawn to painting mountainscapes of exceptional experiences and hikes that are memorable to her. Her brush strives to find a balance between an artistic impression and reality which gives her freedom to lose herself in the moment of the experience rather than replicating the details of a photograph. She is also passionate about painting wildlife in ways that express the connections she feels with people that are important to her. The animals she chooses to create always capture the essence of her personal relationships and memories that she hopes you can relate to and savour.
Her innovative use of texture, multiple layers of fine detailed brush strokes and an abundance of shades of colour laid with intent bring her work to life. She prefers to create her images on a larger canvas, as this allows her to relive the moments and memories of the inspiration for the painting. Michele’s mindfully selected vibrant colours are one of the skillful methods she uses to create something as unique as the experience or person who inspired the artwork. Her use of textures and colour create depth & dimension that are tactile and bring her images to life in ways that invite you to reach out and touch them as if in that moment, you can experience the feeling that inspired the painting. She is able to draw effortless attention to what she wants people to notice in her painting, as well as elicit the emotions she wants to share and hopes you will connect with.
Michele is Calgary-based and is grateful for her proximity to the mountains to enjoy adventures that will inspire her next creative pieces. She is very involved in supporting her local community and has donated her artwork to raise funds and promote local wildlife conservation efforts. She has also donated paintings in support of community organizations raising funds for child health and education. Michele was also pleased to be invited to exhibit select artworks in locally owned community businesses in Calgary. Above all, Michele believes do it with passion or not at all.
If you are interested in connecting with Michele, please click on the link below.
She will not be doing any new commission pieces till August 1st of 2022.
My unique application of texture & intriguing mix of acrylic colour on canvas, defines my artwork and is used to convey my connection with nature. I use these elements to create depth & dimension that are tactile and bring my mountain & wildlife images to life, in ways that invite you to reach out and touch them as if in that moment, you can experience the feeling that inspired the painting.
I am drawn to painting mountainscapes of hikes that are exceptional & memorable to me. I strive to find a balance between an artistic impression and reality, which gives me freedom with my brush to lose myself in the moment of recreating the experience rather than replicating the details of a photograph.
I am also passionate about painting wildlife to express the connections I have with people that are important to me. The animals I choose to create, always capture the essence of relationships and memories, that I hope others can relate to. I am hoping that when you view my wildlife artwork it will draw upon a fond memory of your own for you to savour. My innovative use of texture, multiple layers of fine detailed brush strokes and an abundance of shades of colour laid with intent to bring my animals to life. I prefer to create my images on a larger canvas because this allows me to relive the moments and memories, of the person who has inspired the painting. With my animals, I prefer to paint in vibrant colours as I am trying to create something as unique and individual as the person who inspired the artwork.
I hope you connect with my Artwork in ways that bring you an authentic appreciation ,with something or someone that you care deeply about.
“Be fearlessly authentic. Bravely be you.”
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