Michelle graduated from the Drawing Department of Victoria College Prahran Campus, under the tutorage of Pam Hallandal, in 1990. A full time education of three years in observational drawing, figural drawing, still life and environmental drawing she considers a privilege, setting her course for the years that followed. She completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education in 1991 and a Masters by Coursework in Painting at Monash University in 2006.
Michelle has been teaching since 1991 with experience in various settings including TAFE, Secondary Education and community groups. Working as the registered business owner of Artmentor, offering private tuition, proved to be the most compelling and satisfying professional activity of all.
Like so many artist’s working around their studio time her employment history has been eclectic. She has worked for many companies, even within the funeral industry which was a long held curiosity. Particular roles have been unique and rewarding including restoration work within two Melbourne churches, St Mary Star of the Sea and St Joseph’s. Working for Langridge Artist
Supplies and St Luke Artist Colourmen in the factory and retail setting, Michelle received a comprehensive education in art materials and production. In 2008 she received an Elisabeth Murdoch Grant, enabling her to work beside the Australian sculptor Peter Shipperheyen, working with marble and clay.
Michelle’s art practice has shifted and changed over time as she has experimented with and incorporated various mediums. Drawing underpins her approach to all mediums including painting, sculpture and most recently garment design and construction. 2015 sees her launching MJC artisan clothing, an extension of her art practice, combining original artwork and garments.
“I spend as much time as possible outdoors because nature brings me great pleasure. My drawing and painting is focussed on the environment and I work from life as much as possible. Incorporating landscape images into the first range of garments was a natural extension of this activity”
Michelle is an experienced practicing artist, teacher and mentor, having run her own private mentoring business from Melbourne for some 10 years. Michelle is passionate about creative facilitation and assisting other artists to expand and consolidate their knowledge and skills. Bookings for one-to-one mentoring sessions at QG&W to review your work or to receive private tuition are available from the 22nd of May to the 7th of July.