After growing up in Colorado, Michelle moved to New York City and graduated from both The School of Visual Arts & the Fashion Institute of Technology. While working as an art director in advertising for Macys in New York, she studied drawing & painting at the New York Art Students League.
After moving to New Mexico, Michelle studied outdoor landscape painting with Ray Vanella & Kevin McPherson in Taos and has been a plein air painter for 15 years. During this time she also studied advanced painting at the Denver Art Students League with Quang Ho, Kim English and Mark Daly.
Michelle was featured in the October, 2005 collector’s issue of Southwest Art Magazine under the “Artists to Watch”. She was also featured in the April, 2006 issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine, as well as Focus Santa Fe.
Michelle is a founder of the annual fundraiser for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance exhibit, “Wildlands Art”, which focus on raising public awareness & funds to save endangered New Mexico Wilderness areas.
“I love the visual beauty of New Mexico and the West, the desert and the richness and variety of the three cultures. I consider myself a contemporary colorist and a New Mexico Modernist, but most of all, a visual poet. I am drawn to paint endangered places such as wilderness, historic buildings and fading cultural traditions including Native Americans, Flamenco Dancers and the colorful people of the west, in the hope of drawing public awareness to help preserve their beauty and culture, by capturing them on canvas. My favorite subject has become endangered New Mexico wilderness areas because they are hauntingly beautiful and our natural treasure. I also love to paint the figure from life.”