While growing up in Wisconsin and North Dakota, Michelle spent most of her free time drawing animals in imagined narratives. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Studio Art with a minor in Business Administration from North Dakota State University.
After working as a Registrar at The Plains Art Museum for seven years, she relocated to the southern tier and culture of Tallahassee, Florida, to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. She acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree at Florida State University and taught studio art courses there as an Adjunct Instructor in painting and drawing. Michelle’s professional experience in visual arts administration continued as a founding staff member at The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science. For 15 years, she served as an Art Registrar and Collections Manager and also as a Director of Art overseeing and planning art exhibitions.
In her life and through her artwork, Michelle is interested in the interconnections between the natural and man-made worlds through imagined narratives of anthropomorphic animals that we share our environment with.