About - The Artist
Since childhood, music has been a part of Michelle’s life. While living in Minneapolis, she was introduced to New Orleans jazz when she heard the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform. Thus began a connection that inspired a new direcion for her musical interests and her art. This connection grew after she became acquainted with the Twin City based Hall Brothers Jazz Band and listened to them play regularly at the Jazz Emporium of Mendota.
It was during this time Michelle began drawing the musicians and developing her unique style. Inspired by the music, she worked to capture in her drawings the rhythms of the music and the passions of the musicians. Her background in figure drawing quickly transformed them to something more minimal and gestural.
Upon developing this technique, Michelle built a repertoire of seemingly simple, but elegant, energized and passionate drawings of the musicians and their music.
About her drawings, Michelle says, “I love drawing with ink and manipulating whatever tool I am using to create rhythmic lines that convey the dynamics, complexity and excitement of jazz -especially traditional New Orleans jazz - bringing the music alive on paper.”
About - The Company
Now Michelle is sharing her expressive drawings with other music lovers through the Musicians Series line of t-shirts, cards and posters. Production is limited for each drawing, and a new line of drawings is released each year.
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