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Michelle Milano, known by her handle 'RoseSpetal', to some, is a listed artist as well as published photographer.
She has paintings which reside from NY to England, Holland to Germany all the way over to Japan. Her work is in private collections across the globe. In her prime of painting, two different restaurants displayed her work, one in Florida, the other in California. From the movie, 'Eddie and the Cruisers', one of the 'Cruisers' received one of her paintings, purchased as a custom order by a loved one. Michelle Milano enjoys the works of Salvador Dali, as well as Miro, Calder, and Picasso. She is a self taught artist, and has won many contests throughout the years for her work.
When she first started painting, she told no one in her family, and listed them online through Ebay, and private artists websites. When the sales increased to the point of her creating upto 8 paintings per day, 15hrs a day, she could no longer hide it. Once her entire family knew, they also requesting some of her work, as well as a few friends carrying some out the door. During that time, she signed rights to publication of one of her paintings, sadly losing the information from hiding the fact she was an avid artist successfully selling paintings. Many Weimaraner owners created a fad of having one of Michelle Milano's works throughout the pedigree Weimaraner groups and breeders. Her work is published in 'The Artist's Bluebook, 34,000 North American Artists', 2005. As well as a publication that is mailed yearly to museums and art galleries. She has logged each painting and photograph for her records. Shortly after she hit one thousand paintings, she began picking up the camera alongside her paintbrush, and focused on photography.
Michelle submitted some of her photography to Birds and Bloom Magazine, later one was chosen to be part of the magazine's greeting cards set published throughout the United States, along with 7 other photographs by various other photographers. Shortly after, she sold the rights for one of her photographs to be published in the book, 'The Secret Lives Of Dolphins'. A year later she sold the rights to a photograph of her pet Weimaraner dog, to be reproduced as an Italian Charm Bracelet charm and another being featured on the cover of the book 'Quotable Dogs' also another photograph within that book by Milly Brown. Michelle's Weimaraner photographs can be seen on license plate frames, coffee mugs, plaque and backgrounds, poems, and several other gift items. With his passing 6 months ago, it is bittersweet to see his image in so many places, as he lives on in the lives of so many. You can see some of Michelle's other photographs displayed on private and commercial websites, as well as themed sites such as, 'Fantastic Farm and Country Photos'.
Throughout the years Michelle has sold signed prints online and through metaphysical book stores. Michelle recently placed in the top 10 for an online photography contest, her photograph published and featured with the other top 9 contestants in the October 2012 issue of Weird NJ.
In recent years, Michelle volunteers her time at a wildlife sanctuary. When she is not able to volunteer, she spends her time helping to raise money for the sanctuary, as well as help out with their Facebook Fan Page. Michelle has raised wildlife, as well as domestic animals all of her life. She enjoys nature and pet photography most, and offers pet photography to the public, taking wonderful photographs of furry loved ones.
On a day to day basis, she is normally caring for an animal in need, or, when she can, enjoys going out to expand her portfolio of nature photography. More times than not, injured wildlife literally coming straight up to her, whether sitting under her chair at a park, or on her front steps injured and waiting. She has enjoyed bird watching since her two children were very young.