I've lived in Maryland since 1990. I went to PA School of Art & Design, Lancaster PA from 1986-1990 then transferred and graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 1992 with a B.F.A. I later received my art education certification, k-12, in 1995 from Towson University. Since then I've done many things: I've been in a variety of solo and group exhibitions throughout Baltimore and Pennsylvania. Owned my own brick and mortar art gallery, Galerie Michelle, in Lancaster, PA all while while working in medical sales for Invacare corporation in sales and marketing. I've waited tables and bartended in Fells Point at the Infamous John Stevens LTD, now Penny Black. Worked on the set of Homicide - Life on the Street, as a set painter in addition to other television set painting productions. I've worked in Faux Finishing for Twin Diamond Studios, and was a group fitness instructor for over 16 years. I taught art grades K-12 at various schools. Worked in corporate America in sales and marketing for 10 years; everything from advertising, prepress, and medical sales; home-care specifically. I've owned horses and a large herd of goats-what a joyful experience that was! Had a hunch, a good idea and then started, my still thriving and niche Home Wellness and Lifestyle Management company, Type A Home Concierge (TypeAhome.com), in November 2008. Now, full circle, I'm a re-emerging artist stronger in style, detail, and vision which I attribute to my years of life experience, observations, and from discipline and detail at Type A Home. Times are changing- I am changing, and I am looking forward to immersing myself more fully into my art with lessons learned over the past 30 years.
Artist Statement Abstract. Whimsical. Eclectic. Artist. “An explosion of color, the hard, deliberate black line, the peeping out of painted under-layers-they hold secrets, the ghosted apparitions formed that are seen or unseen, the softness of the brush against a surface, the chatter of thoughts diminishing, the satisfaction of a finished creation, and the excitement and anticipation of a new inspiration". Oh how I love starting with Lines and Circles. They guide me. Creating shapes to work within and around forming or mapping out its path; its final destination. Both my abstract paintings and character, or illustrative paintings, develop intuitively. As I paint, ghosted forms appear through the buildup of glazed over layers, offering the viewer an opportunity of discovery. By juxtaposing shapes and colors, my intent is to pull forward found familiar images that not only stimulate curiosity, but also allow a viewer to identify these images that become intertwined in their own life story. My drive while creating is a process of self discovery and problem-solving, My other works are often likened to children’s illustrations. These are typically one-off scenes emoting a certain feeling, sometimes in opposition with itself. Within the illustrative genres live my Circle Head collection. These represent snapshots of moments- freezing them in time. In a state of forever mindfulness-the balanced acceptance of the present experience. Whimsical in essence, they remain vulnerable, likeable by most, yet curious because they’re not self-judging or critical, they’re just in the present moment, a place most of us never allow ourselves to be. I see myself as a strong person, not through any political identity or movement, but through my passionate drive to explore art that connects. I don’t start a piece with an idea that says people will respond to this shape or color. I allow the connection to develop as I paint, and where I may connect with one illusive image, another person may see something entirely different. This method of painting is adventurous and exciting for me because I never know where the journey will end. Life’s a lot like that, I think.
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