Art has always been a part of Michelle’s life in one way or another. She attended art camps in high school, received a Basic Art Certificate earning college credit from Art Instruction School (a correspondence school in Minneapolis, MN) while she was still in High School. She studied art in France and Italy the summer of 1995. Then she went on to receive her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from UW- Milwaukee in 1997. Today she partakes in workshops from artists she finds inspiration from.
Michelle is an involved member of the Cedarburg Artist Guild for 19 years. She has chaired the Covered Bridge Art Studio tour for 4 years and the Holiday Art Fair for 2 years. She is also a member of League of Milwaukee Artists and Oil Painters of America.
About 17 years ago she learned the love of painting en Plein Air. She also still works out of her studio; however, any opportunity to paint outdoors is welcomed. Michelle teaches kid and adult art classes. She participates in multiple Plein air events through out the summer months, shows her work continuously at various locations throughout the area and participated in an Artist in Residence program through the Cedarburg Cultural Center.
Michelle’s most recent accomplishments last year were winning Honorable Mention Plymouth Plein Air 2017, Best of Show at Bergstrom Mahler Art in the Park 2016, 3rd Place at Pewaukee Plein Air 2016, and Best of Historic at Plymouth Plein Air 2016.
Michelle’s motto is to always be learning, help others and be happy