About The Artist
Michele has always had a passion for art and love for animals - especially horses. She grew up in Florida and began showing artistic ability at an early age which was encouraged by her creative mother and artistic grandmother. Achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1989, she used her creativity in a variety of jobs from sign design and painting, set and prop design, to theme and corporate party planning and decorating. She relocated to the central mountains of Colorado in 1996 where she lived on a ranch, mending fences and training Missouri Fox Trotting Horses for several years before moving to Hartsel, Colorado with her husband, Erik.
Michele resigned from a 10 year 'career' in animal welfare in May of 2013 to rededicate herself to her creative passions. She is a member of the Chaffee County Council for the Arts, works at Gone To The Dogs in Buena Vista, applying her creativity to pet grooming which has lead to recognition as a talented pet portrait artist locally and beyond. She is also the President/Treasurer of a non-profit called CatsAlive!slv, focused on providing affordable spay/neuter services to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Michele currently resides with her husband, two cats and a small flock of chickens in an off-grid home among the rolling hills of south Park County.
am drawn to the eyes which are known as 'the windows to the soul' and sometimes
I will paint the eyes first and let them guide the rest of the painting.
Painting pets also allows me to explore depicting a myriad of colors and form
in the textures of their fur."