Michelle has been passionate about art since a young age. She started sketching live figure sessions at 7 years old and gradually moved on to oil paints, and later, mixed media. Today, she uses her brushes, knives, and charcoal to express emotions, concepts, and scenes through figurative and expressive brushstrokes. She likes to explore different cultures that have impacted her as she travelled around the world, using her studies in contemporary and pop-art styles to explore abstract portrayal of ideas.

Throughout that journey, she found her love for creating portraits, because of the mystery in the myriad of colors, dips, highlights that make us unique, portray emotions and meaning, and communicate something unspoken to the viewer. Therefore, these portraits are a central part to Michelle’s portfolio, showing her style: a unique balance between realistic and contemporary, giving the viewer a concrete subject, but a concept open to interpretation. She hopes to give others a way to experience the expressions of an individual person in order to better understand themselves.

Exhibitions & Art Shows

2020
     Fort Bend Art Center Gallery by the Art League of Fort Bend established in 1957
     Heights Art Studio & Gallery: The Love Exhibit
2019
     Sister Cities Over the Moon Art Gallery
     Retrospective Art Show
2018
     Retrospective Art Show
2015-2017
     Glassell Junior Art School of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Awards & Publications

  • Texas Young Master 2020, Awarded grant of $5,000 per year for up to two years to further studies.
  • Semi-Finalist in Science without Borders International Art Challenge, 2020, 1 of 32 pieces chosen from over 43 countries
  • Scholastics Art & Writing Competition
    • Regional Gold Key, 2020, Drawing: Day’s Plan
    • National Silver Key, 2016, Oil Painting: Mixed Feelings
    • 2 Regional Silver Keys and 5 honorable Mentions, 2020
    • 4 Regional Silver Keys and 2 Honorable Mentions, 2019
    • 1 Regional Silver Key and 1 Honorable Mention, 2017
    • 3 Regional Silver Keys and 5 Honorable Mentions 2016
  • 4th place Congressional Art Competition, 2019
  • State Vase Gold Medal, 2020
  • State Vase Qualified, 2020
  • Houston Rodeo Quick Draw Contest Winner
    • Full Figure Reserve Class Champion, 2020 ($500)
    • Full Figure Class 4th place, 2018 ($200)
    • Overall Grand  Champion for Junior High, 2017 ($500)
  • SisterCities International Art Competition 3rd place, 2019
  • 2x High Merit Award in Celebrating Art Competition and chosen for publication by the program (Spring 2019, Summer 2020).

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