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Mishel Vanderten was born in Belgium and is a long time resident of California. Her work has been exhibited in California, New York, Mexico and the US Virgin Islands. Much of the inspiration for her paintings come from a passion of nature and landscapes of California and based on her travels. She is an award winning artist and collected widely around the world.
2012 Show / Artist Reception: Carney, Sugai & Sudweeks, LLP Law Office, Los Gatos, CA. Featuring over 45 original works.
2011 Exhibiting throughout Silicon Valley in Santa Clara Country, California. professional venues include; City Attorneys Office; Essex Properties; Tangerine; and Castellammare, located in Half Moon Bay, California
2011 Awarded First Place ‘Iris Garden’ 24”x20”x.5” watercolor on paper stretched over gallery wrapped canvas,
Sunnyvale Art Club, Sunnyvale, California.
2010 Featuring Large Abstract Paintings at the JFK International Airport, New York.
2010 Debut at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
2010 Original paintings for sale at Sunnyvale Art Gallery, Sunnyvale, California.
2007-2008 Gallery Representation at St.Thomas Gallery, in the US Virgin Islands.
2005 Gallery Show Award from the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California. Honorable Mention for 'Circling' 22'x30'
Koi painting, watercolor on paper.
2005 One Woman Show at the ‘New Bamboo‘ in Portola Valley, California.
(sold seventy five percent of original paintings).
'When commencing a new subject, I use images from memory and photographs, these are the basis of my compositions and color schemes. I engage myself in the essence of the overall composition -- how a feeling allures me and sways my frame of mind. And, while captivated by these senses I portray that feeling onto the work. This is what drives my artistic impulse and my goal while creating a painting -- enticing the feeling within. I often hear from those who have obtained my work that what pleases them most is that my art touches their feelings. They tell me how they feel whenever they look at the painting. Am I an emotional painter? You decide. My goal is to experiment with different media in ways that reveal my passion and life experiences most creatively.
When painting in watercolor I use 140 pound Arches paper. Once it is thoroughly wet, I attach it to a stretched canvas and allow it to dry completely before applying paint. I use various techniques of watercolor, allowing the composition to flow over onto the sides of the canvas. After the piece is finished and thoroughly dried, I apply several coats of (krylon) protective spray to protect it from dust and UV light. I have found this method useful for displaying watercolor paintings without a frame if desired.
When working in acrylic and oils I like to use a stretched canvas with staple-free sides, allowing my composition to extend over the sides of the canvas and to give the finished piece a clean look. I use Gesso to prime the canvas to provide a smoother surface to work on. After the painting is finished, I apply several layers of clear varnish to ensure its longevity.
Museum quality Canvas reproductions are also available. These are on stretched canvas with painted sides and can be hung without a frame if desired. They can also be made in smaller sizes than the original. All original artwork and giclees come equipped with a wire back hanger.