Coming from a creative family, Michele was particularly influenced by her artistic mother who still works as an oil painting restorer and a practicing artist, who encouraged her daughter to draw from an early age. Michele has mostly followed a creative path, previously working as a decorator for an antiques company and also as a garden designer and gardener. Her real interest in painting and printmaking was fired up when she was lucky enough to enrol as a 'mature student' on a fine art degree validated by Bath University which she completed in 2009. This was a mixed experience as much of the focus was placed on 'conceptual' art, but what she particularly enjoyed were the drawing classes, print-making studio and the visits to galleries at home and abroad and consequently her passion for painting and making art was well and truly set .
Michele's work reflects an attitude of experimentation and a curiosity regarding the beauty of nature. She is inspired by waterscapes, sunsets, changing light and the changing seasons. She loves to collect memories especially from walking in the countryside - pebbles, driftwood, dried seed heads and foliage scraps, as well as sketches in her sketchbook.
Her artistic influences are too numerous to list, but she is particularly drawn to innovative use of colour and paint, and includes Kurt Jackson, John Piper, Anne and John Blockley, the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists and particularly some contemporary Scottish artists such as Deborah Phillips and Moira Ferrier.
Since graduating, Michele has successfully completed an adult teaching qualification. She has been teaching drawing and painting classes to adults since 2009 and holds classes currently at a couple of local village halls. She is happy to consider teaching various workshops, please contact her from the 'Contacts' page here if you are interested in attending.