Location: United States
Creating art on canvas occurred late in Michelle’s life. In early 2017 a gentleman asked a question during a job interview: “What are you passionate about?” Pondering the answer to that question led Michelle back to school to get an Interior Design degree, hoping this would fill a void. Along the way she found her true self and started painting.
Floral beauty has always been Michelle’s sanctuary causing a visceral response to the beauty and possibilities of nature. Communicating her point of view, good, bad or ugly is accomplished through flowers, nature and color-putting voice to canvas through paint and palette knife/brushes, in an impressionistic/abstract fashion. Being a life-long fan of Monet and spending countless hours as a child combing through coffee table books, has greatly influenced her.
After a life-time of feeling hidden, renewed child-like joy and professional purpose bubble out and is reflected on the canvas. The emotive translations of life are expressed with color-dragging, color-lacing and texture building techniques which purely uses palette knives. Recently, during her artist residency in France in September 2021, Michelle discovered a new facet to her painting and her My Coloring Book series was born.
The My Coloring Book series has significant meaning to Michelle as the discovery mimicked her childhood coloring books. The thick black lining, intricate backgrounds and embellished details were all things Michelle colored on the page as a child. Now, the black/gold or white outline, details abstract brush strokes of flowers, leaves, branches that loosely resemble flowers and fauna of different kinds.
Michelle has been published in the Nashville Voyager: https://nashvillevoyager.com/interview/life-work-with-michelle-reeves-of-west-nashville/, HOME podcast of Art To Hearts Project 2/22 – NYC Journal/Top 30 Interior Designers To Look Out For in 2022, AcrylicWorks8 Magazine/ Aug. 21, House&Garden Magazine UK /2019, Styleblueprint.com/FACES – 2019. Reeves has won 25 International awards and 2 overseas artist residencies (France2021, Italy2020-cancelled due to COVID)
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