Michelle Reeves, Featured Artist
Artist Locale: Nashville, TN, USA
Style of work: Abstract
Subject Matter: Florals
Painting occurred late in my life. In 2017 a gentleman asked a question during a job interview: “What are you passionate about?” Pondering the answer to that question led me back to school to get an Interior Design degree, hoping this would fill a void. Along the way, through course work, I found my true self and at 52 years old and started painting.
After a life time of feeling hidden and unworthy, renewed child-like joy and professional purpose bubble out and is reflected on the canvas. The relief of knowing what I’m supposed to be doing and the emotive translations of life are expressed with careful color consideration and texture building. As a self-taught painter every canvas is a learning experience and as a former make-up artist I am very affected by color and have been my whole life. I am inspired by what I see in nature which springboards me in a painting direction. I don’t paint what I see, but rather the impression, color and movement of the subject or imagined content.
Floral beauty has always been my sanctuary causing a visceral response to the beauty and possibilities of nature. It comes as no surprise that when I started to paint flowers literally exploded out of me as they bring so much joy and wonderful memories. I communicate my point of view, good, bad or ugly, through flowers/nature and color/texture - putting voice to canvas through paint and palette knife, in an impressionistic fashion.
I am so grateful to be painting and thank the Heavens above daily. And when an idea hits, I grab creative by the tail and kiss inspiration on the cheek and enjoy the ride.