After receiving an oil painting kit for Christmas Michelle would go with her father to paint the barns in the countryside surrounding Toronto. At age 9 she moved to a small lake in Kilworthy in the heart of Muskoka where she continued her art in various forms including painting, collages, sculpture, carving and her life long passion: photography.
At age 17 she moved back to Thornhill for a year of intensive art classes with Barry Oretsky then honed her talents at Central Technical School’s Fine Art program. She continued her studies at Ontario College of Art (OCAD University) and graduated in 1990.
A 30 year career in Graphic Design included implementing and teaching a Computer Graphics Training program at the GCIU Local 500m for unemployed union members, teaching Continuing Education at George Brown College, creating and publishing a Children’s Art and Activity Journal for the new millennium and numerous volunteer art projects with her children’s schools and various Girl Guide units in and around Thornhill.
A love of art and a desire for change has inspired her to pursue art full time and now dedicates most of her time to developing and promoting her artwork and teaching.