We welcome Michelle to exhibit for the first time at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw. Born in Oxford, she grew up in New Zealand and trained at the New York College of Visual Art, before coming to London in the 90's. Focusing on her favorite form of painting with oils in the open air was quite a challenge for her then but she has now settled in St David’s, Pembrokeshire where she’s fully able to pay homage to the surrounding landscape.

With her interest anchored in trees and branch forms she is able to focus what surrounds her - “all thinking takes me away from looking and seeing, and that is really what I'm trying to do: really see the tree, and respond intuitively.”

The works from her colorful sausage tree series are based on an old oak tree in her garden that she became very familiar with. As a result she had the freedom to use it as a means to conjure up a kaleidoscope of colours and juxtapositions, creating rhythms and intensity with overlapping paint strokes. Against a single colour backdrop the branches melt into a riot of color and movement.

Click here to see Michelle's work in our Summer Exhibition