Artist's Bio

Michelle grew up in a New Jersey artist's
home where imagination ran wild. Her
father, a creative director and illustrator, and mother,
an avid cook and enthusiastic host, nurtured her creative spirit.

“My dad encouraged us to do projects with him while he worked. He had millions of the "real" kind of markers that I loved to smell and perfect little sticks of pastels in every color," she recalls.

Michelle received a BFA from New York's Pratt Institute and then headed to California. Among her many occupations, she's worked as a scenic painter in the entertainment and trade industries, designed furniture and created a line of playhouses.

Today she enjoys creating pastel pet potraits with those sticks of pastels discovered long ago. Her emphasis in dog paintings combines her love of portraiture and appreciation of individuality which
is expressed in her bold, graphic style.