I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002 and my Masters in the Art of Teaching (Visual Arts) from The University of the Arts in 2004. Currently, I am a high school art teacher in Southeastern Pennsylvania where I teach a variety of classes. I have also taught classes at The Wayne Art Center and Darlington Art Center.
My personal work revolves around my love for pencil, charcoal, and oil paint. As long as I have been interested in art, I have always been drawn to animals, and much of my work shows this. I enjoy being able to show the personality and soul of the animal and believe much of this can be seen through the eyes. I thoroughly enjoy creating portraits, both of animals and people. My favorite part is seeing the reactions from my customers when they see the completed piece. Being able to transform a photograph into a work of art is a challange, one I truly enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to read, and please reach out with any questions. Below are direct quotes from my customers.
"We are absolutely astonished by this portrait. Your hard work and dedication are more than obvious. There was no doubt in my mind that it was going to be beautiful, but I never expected this!"
"I cried when he gave it to me not from sadness but from joy from such an impressive and thoughtful gift! Michele you did a fabulous job!! I will forever have a fabulous picture to remember him by."
"This is the most descriptive piece of art that I gave ever seen and I could not have asked a better person, artist, or friend to do it. I'm still baffled. I've been showing it off all day."