About me ~
Growing up on the scenic banks of the Milwaukee River in Wisconsin, just a few miles from the awe-inspiring shores of Lake Michigan created a lasting impression and love of nature for Michele. Using her creativity and learning from other artists, classes and life experiences she has enhanced her ability to share her vision.
After moving to Texas she concentrated on watercolor, was a member of WAS-H, and used the concept of negative space to show the depth found in nature. Working in clay reinforced the enjoyment she finds in organic design. Recently Michele is using acrylics creating a style that explores the use of color and form to bring out the essence of nature.
She is currently the publicity chairperson for the Tomball Art League. She spends her free time painting, imagine that.
It seems I have taken the summer off from painting. I've spent a lot time working in the yard and had wonderful travel opportunities including driving from Wisconsin to Texas and through the Ozarks in Arkansas.
Later I traveled east to the southern part of the Appalachian Mountain Range to the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina via Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. What fun!
An unexpected trip took me west to the Rocky Mountain Range. Started in Colorado at the base of the Rockies then on to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. What a magnificent country we live in. I had absolutely no idea of the amazing beauty. What inspiration!
A little something extra ~
This painting is titled "Mt. Desert Rock Island Lighthouse." I painted this from a reference photo taken by friends on their vacation in Maine. I love this painting, I feel I captured the cold loneliness of this island. This painting received a blue ribbon at the 2018 Springtime Tomball Art League art show in the non-professional division-oils/acrylic category.
18" x 24" acrylic on stretched canvas - Private Collection
"Michele painted a picture of a place that holds a very special place in our family. My dad has taken his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to his favorite fishing spot for over 20 years and we have all grown to love "Cameron's Cove". Michele was able to capture the true beauty and sentiment of a place that we all treasure. The picture hangs in my father's home and will one day go to his grandson Cameron and I have no doubt it will be a family heirloom for generations to come." Janice Tubbs Tadlock - Private Collection
This painting is titled "Dad's Boat." It is his boat, though he is no longer on earth to take it for a ride. However, this summer I visited home and we took Dad's boat out for a ride on the river. Let's just say it warmed my heart and I knew once I took this photo I would want to do a painting and I'm very, very pleased.
12" x 24" acrylic painting - Private Collection - My Collection
On the easel ~
I recently worked on something very different for me. I am usually drawn to nature, organic feelings and the out-of-doors, but I've had this recent desire to paint a mannequin - so I did. When I found this mannequin I knew exactly what I wanted to say. She stands just over 6 feet tall and is a large 3D canvas to work on. What a perfect piece in which to convey my thoughts. Not only did I painting her, but I have transferred articles about the issues on my mind. What are the issues that trouble, worry or are most controversial for women? For instance, domestic abuse, sexuality, sex trafficking, and more. That is what this piece is all about.
She stands tall and stands for so much.
"The Controversial Woman"
"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." ~ Andy Warhol