Michele’s rhythmic, gestural paintings are an intuitive response to her immediate surroundings. As a reimagining of our relationship with the natural world, they are grounded in both traditional landscape painting and the language of abstraction. Michele adopts an instinctive approach to her work; when creating her oil paintings, Michele enjoys seeing how her artworks develop as she creates them. This approach leads to her work having a strong sense of movement. Her soft brushstrokes create a swirling feathered effect on the canvas, as if the botanical limbs are folding and unfolding on themselves, pulsating movement. Michele’s colour palette ranges from earthy, rich reds such as in Soul Seeking Shade, to supernatural blues such as in Dive Bomb Mystic. The abstract branches depicted in her works soften and seem to swim around the canvas, paintrstrokes mimicking leaves and foliage.
Originally from Canada, Michele now lives and works in London. She studied at Gold-
smiths College (BA hons Fine Art and Critical Theory) and Chelsea, graduating with a
MA in 2007. The recipient of The Neville Burston Award for Painting (Goldsmiths Col-
lege) and the Marmite Prize for Painting, she was also a Royal Overseas League Schol-
ar at Hospitalfields, via the Patrick Alan Fraser Trust, Scotland. Michele’s painting Com-
post, was a prize winner in the 2020/21 John Moore’s Painting Prize. Her work has been
selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009, 2018, 2021 and 2022. She
has paintings in numerous collections including The House of Koko, Soho House, The
Groucho Club, University of the Arts, The Isaac Newton Institute and Ernst and Young.