Michelle was born and raised in Hayward, California and has lived in various locations around the U.S. such as Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Wyoming, Texas and recently moved back to Oregon. She grew up with a fascination for art of all types and spent many years using icing as her medium while she was a professional cake decorator and instructor.
Michelle holds an Associates’ Degree with an emphasis in painting and continues taking workshops to learn new ways to create different techniques and enhance her skills. She is a member of the California Watercolor Association, Watercolor West, National Watercolor Society, Keizer Art Association, and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She is also a member of the Redlands Art Association where she taught watercolor classes. Michelle has shown her paintings at galleries in California, Texas, Oregon, and Wyoming.
Michelle is inspired by the world around her and all the colors in nature. She uses this inspiration to vibrantly achieve the scenes she paints. Using watercolor as her medium she is able to create views of still life, floral, land and seascapes with a glowing effect. She loves the way paint and paper react; with contrasts in hard and soft edges, with dark and light value and color melting on the paper to create shapes and forms that lead the viewer to see the glorious color in this brilliant world around us.
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