Instagram has uncovered yet another talented artist.
The distinct style of this artist seems to be Alex Katz with a twist of Francesco Clemente. I was immediately drawn to her whimsical works many featuring a favorite icon of mine.
Enjoy getting to know
What is your training?
University BA degree in Fine Arts,
I haven’t painted in years and after being on the computer for over 10 years as a graphic designer I picked up a brush again a year and a half ago.
What inspires you and your designs?
People, Fashion, Movies, and the society in which I live.
What is your favorite piece?
“Eyes on Fashion”
and “Eyes Inspired”
How has the your area influenced your work?
Artist Alex Katz said “ I am painting the society in which I live.” This resonated with Michelle igniting the spark to paint her LAKE LIFE series and EYES OF DESIRE. LAKE LIFE is inspired by her weekends in Muskoka
and EYES OF DESIRE inspired by the movies and fashion.
What is your favorite restaurant in Toronto?
What is your favorite cocktail?
Red wine or a Dirty vodka martini
How do you balance personal life and work?
I work at home so I do work a lot but I am very lucky to have a good social life where I make time to go out on the weekends with friends or visit with family.
I love Italy, so I guess another trip to Florence, but this time rent an apartment, paint everyday and stay long enough to learn a bit of Italian and get to know the locals.
Good question. I would love to paint a super large canvas for a cool hotel in a big city.
Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?
Lately, my Note card sets of my work.
Who is your style icon?
I love wearing black and white, Diane Keaton does it well,
and then there’s Iris Apfel.
Your favorite up and coming artist?
I love UNSKILLED worker on Instagram.
What is your most treasured possession?
My right hand.
What are you reading?
What are you listening to?
the classics, retro, usually select Spotify chill
What are your favorite blogs / publications?
A look at Michelle Vella’s portfolio
Our shared admiration for icon Iris Apfel was an immediate draw!
This beauty is going on my Christmas list…
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