Michele is a printmaker and mixed-media artist. Her lively, complex forms are created with encaustic, an ancient painting medium based on melted wax, pigment, and a hardening agent. All her works are mounted on panels. The works achieve a striking surface sheen using various techniques. Her work features gestural abstractions, a kind of invented calligraphy—sometimes called “asemic writing”—that invites the viewer to see her seeming-symbols as letters, musical notation, and, sometimes, scientific equations.
Her work has been influenced by such abstract expressionists as Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, and Willem de Kooning. Her son now lives in Australia, and her visits there have made the colorful abstractions of aboriginal artwork another source of inspiration.
Michele grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, and has B.F.A. from Ohio State University and an M.S.W. from Temple University.
She has participated in, juried, curated, and invitational exhibits across the United States. Michele’s studio is in the northwest Chicago suburbs. Her work is in private collections.
ORIGINAL FINE ART BY MICHELE