“My most recent body of work—The Wine Series, The Bouquet Series and The Canine Collection—consist of 43 new paintings. The Wine Collection is in the modern colorist style. These acrylic paintings are in a style that I call “not-so-still life”. Conscious of the fact that matter is not solid and time is not static, I paint the impression of what exists at the moment, aware that it will soon change. The Bouquet Series paintings are acrylic on canvas. Like the Wine Series they too are in motion. Taking dictation from my imagination, I strive to achieve balance and harmony in the movement of the flowers. The Canine Collection is true-to-life paintings focused on more literal subjects. Each subject is carefully observed. The representation of the essence of the animal seeks to express the unconditional love inherent in these pets.”
Michelle Noe discovered her talent as a visual artist in grade school. Her first painting in 3rd grade left such an exciting impression upon her that she began painting at home. Her abilities were recognized by art associations that granted her scholarships to art classes for children. In high school Michelle continued to win awards and learn additional mediums, such as drawing and sculpting. Encouragement from friends and family allowed Michelle to explore mural painting. Her parents allowed her to paint on the walls of their family home. Other friends and family members responded positively by requesting murals in their homes as well
Michelle’s professional career as an artist began in college at the University of Kentucky, while pursuing an Art Studio degree, concentrating in mural painting. Michelle was continuously commissioned by corporate and private patrons for murals and fine art. Concurrently, Michelle’s artwork on canvas and in clay won awards, including acceptance into international juried exhibits. Later, she exhibited her work in art fairs and galleries.
To develop her range of visual expression, Michelle has completed apprenticeships with professors and professional artists. As apprentice to professor and internationally renowned artist, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Michelle assisted in the fabrication and installation of "Appalachian Knobs", a 60-foot, woven metal sculpture for the London, Kentucky Courthouse. Other mentors have included Clay Architectural Muralist, Juliet Ehrlich, and internationally renowned bronze sculptor, Bob Lockhart.
Beyond university, Michelle has continued work as a professional artist and as a muralist. Commissioned murals encompass a wide variety of subjects and range from single walls to entire rooms. Collaborating with clients, Michelle has also created fine art canvases and clay reliefs for patrons.
Michelle relocated to Portland, Oregon from Louisville, Kentucky in the summer of 2004. As a professional artist, she maintains a studio in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland where she paints and sculpts daily—both commissions and original works of art. Michelle’s most recent bodies of work are now available on this on-line gallery.
Michelle in her studio just starting on a large canvas project
Michelle with her Boston and some of her Canine Collection canvases