5 Questions to Ask the Artist

posted on: 10.21.2015

1. As a child, do you recall a significant moment when you felt truly affected or inspired by any particular artwork or artist?

Yes! When I was around 5 my grandmother bought me this book and from there on I loved Monet. That is, until I met J.M.W. Turner and Cézanne in college, those dudes are my front runners these days.

2. As an artist, what do you hope to convey with your work?

I hope to honor the past. The past often gets a bad wrap with phrases like "put the past behind you" and "don't look back", but the past is what made us. All we have to show for our lives is this very moment and of course our past. No you may not be able to live in a time that has already come and gone, but you can certainly celebrate it. With my art I hope to pay homage to certain eras by recreating small bits from said time such as old buildings, old objects, etc. Through bright colors and animated lines I hope to bring life into these buildings and objects that are timeworn.

3. What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I would say my most cherished responses have been from commissions that are very personal to the client. Whenever I have painted homes or vacation spots, the client tends to be more moved by the finished product. It's like I have realized their memories, which is quite awesome.

4. What is your dream project?

Honestly, I think I'd love to do an illustrated children's or young adult book. That would be the dream.

5. What artists, of any medium, do you admire? (Famous or not!)

Wow, being an art history grad the list is quite long. Here's my attempt at top 10 in no particular order:

-J.M.W. Turner
-Kara Walker
-Paul Cézanne
-Claude Monet
-Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
-Jean-Antoine Watteau
-Mark Ryden
-Camille Rose Garcia
-Tim Burton
-Sally King Benedict

*Special thanks to Patience Brewster for the prompt, be sure to check out her inspiring work!


  1. Love learning what is behind your art! Ps congrats on your big news! I am seriously so excited for you!!!!! <333

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  2. Great article Michaela! Kiss X


  3. It's been a while since i visited your blog.
    Lovin to know more about you.

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  4. I missed reading your blog and seeing your artworks. <3

    Have a nice day!