"I am drawn to explore implementing various texture into my animal and mountain paintings. I strive to achieve the balance between bringing the image to life with colour and texture the way I see them versus replicating an exact copy of a photo. Be fearlessly authentic, Bravely be you."
…”Sometimes in life, the risk you are afraid to take is the one that changes your entire life.” - Kylie Francis
The above 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 ans complex health issue that has immeasurably changed her life. Michele’s past experience as an athlete, personal trainer and outdoor enthusiast prepared her to enter the world of painting…being comfortable with the uncomfortable and confident being uncertain.
"A unique application of texture and 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 and dimensions that are tactile, bringing my mountain and wildlife images to life, in ways that invite you to reach out and touch them, as if at that moment, you can experience that same feeling which inspired the painting.
I am drawn to painting mountain scapes of hikes that are exceptional and 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 in ways that express connections to people that have had an impact on her life in various ways. The animals I choose always capture the essence of my personal relationships and memories that I hope you can relate to and savour.
My introduction into the world of art has been a whirlwind. Recently, three works were recognized with Silver & Bronze awards in international Art competitions. I am now a featured artist at Art Gallery Kimberly in British Columbia as well as the Gust Gallery in Waterton National Park.”
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist