Mishel is a primarily a self-taught artist, she began painting on her own in watercolor in 2002. By 2005, her first Koi painting entered in a juried show honored an award. During this time, her One-Woman show sold seventy five percent of her original works. Two years later, her original paintings achieved gallery representation in the US Virgin Islands. Mishel followed the gallery owner’s advice – to paint in acrylic or oil. In 2011 her large acrylic abstract paintings were exhibited and sold at International Airports in New York and in Mexico. Today, Mishel’s paintings are in corporate and private collections here and abroad.
Inspired by nature, Mishel’s floral and landscape scenes portray tranquility and her style captivating as it soothes the viewer. She has developed the ability to draw an audience deeply into her creative vision. She’s also known for her impressive color schemes and graceful compositions which effectively merge nature into her canvas.
Mishel was Born in Brussels, Belgium and is a long time resident of California. She currently lives in San Jose, California with her husband Chuck and their two dogs Chico and Amigo. She paints from her home studio and draws her inspiration from nature, the places to which she has traveled and the beautiful surroundings where she lives.
I consider myself as a professional artist as well as an emerging artist. I am always interested in pushing myself to the next level…like a musician playing different types of music and instruments. Also, I like to experiment and change my work as ideas come to mind. I guess I don’t mind pushing the envelope and I’m not afraid to venture out onto new grounds and travel the road unknown.
As a painter, my work is not recognizable as traditional painters. Instead, my body of work has developed from experimentation and inspirations within the moment. In some cases, my work was created from others inspiring me to produce works in different styles or, in a particular medium. Therefore, allowing myself to merge the familiar to the unfamiliar and letting me experience my own unknown creativity in order to excel.
'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 then portray that feeling onto the canvas. 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 viewed or, have obtained my work that what pleases them most is how my work has touched their emotions. They tell me how they feel whenever they look at the painting – I think this is what touches me most of all. Am I an emotional painter? You decide. My goal is to experiment with different media in ways that reveal my life experiences most creatively.”
2015 The Villages Art in the Park, San Jose, California