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

Michelle Vella

Toronto, Canada

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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”

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and “Eyes Inspired”

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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

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 and EYES OF DESIRE inspired by the movies and fashion. 

What is your favorite restaurant in Toronto?

 There are so many favourites in Toronto but I do frequent a couple of local spots Capocaccia and Quanto Basta, a go to meet up with friends.

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What is your favorite cocktail?

Red wine or a Dirty vodka martini 

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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.

Dream trip?

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. 

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Dream commission?

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,

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and then there’s Iris Apfel.

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

I love UNSKILLED worker on Instagram. 

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 What is your most treasured possession?

My right hand. 

What are you reading?

 GRACE

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What are you listening to?

Adele,

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Sinatra,

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Ennio Morricone,

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the classics, retro, usually select Spotify chill

What are your favorite blogs / publications?

W magazine,

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Harper’s Bazaar, VOGUE and Vanity Fair.

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A look at Michelle Vella’s portfolio

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Eyes

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Covergirls Series:

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Our shared admiration for icon Iris Apfel was an immediate draw!

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This beauty is going on my Christmas list…

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Follow this talented artist and shop her website
Artist | Illustrator  My brush with fashion  –  My brush on life

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