Michelle is a Sydney based Visual Artist who practices and instructs across a range of media and related Art Theory. Michelle also works freelance as a copywriter in the corporate sector. She has been subleasing a studio space in the Headland Artist precinct at Middle Head and is very excited to move into the new Alfred St Studios in the old Milson Pt Bowling Club buildings in late May for an extended period.
Although initially a printmaker, she has become immersed in her painting practice and has a number of works in private collections.
She was recently included in the Artists of Mosman 2088 exhibition at the Mosman Art Gallery. This is open to both Friends of the Gallery as well as artists of the area. She was also a finalist in the Northern Beaches Art Prize 2019, Artisans in the Garden 2019 in the Sydney Botanic Gardens and the Mosman Art Prize 2018 as well as taking on numerous commissions and consignments.
Michelle enjoyed a very successful joint exhibition with Deidhre Wauchop in May 2019 in the Creative Space in Abbott Rd , Curl Curl. Deidhre and Michelle were high school buddies and reunited after substantial careers in the Visual and Performing Arts. They entitled their venture “D & M’s High School Reunion ” representing concepts of SPIN and ICONIC respectively.
While much of Michelle’s earlier work reflects her love of the Northern Beaches she also has recurring motifs of rooftops, facades, shadows and wider ranging places, objects and beings of significance. One of her current series explores aspects of Carnival and Funfair imagery as well as other iconic subject matter. She is also exploring portraiture and undertaking her first Archibald Prize ( currently postponed ) entry this year. Michelle accepts commissions and will work in a range of scales and can use both oil and acrylic paints as well as drawn media.
Michelle finds much inspiration in the works of Edward Hopper who stated “what I wanted to do was paint sunlight on the side of the house “. She finds enormous beauty in the light and angles of the everyday, what the Japanese would call wabi sabi and ichi-go ichi-ne.