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Born in Binghamton, New York, Michele grew up in El Paso, Texas. It was there, in her senior year of high school, that she won the first of many art awards. After high school, she showed her first drawings at various art shows in El Paso and sold a number of them.

The Artist Magazine competition awards
     1991 Won one of three national “Artist” Magazine
     awards in the still life category (over 16,000
     entries were received) Her work was published
     in the December 1991 issue
1993 Finalist award in the “Artist” Magazine floral
     category (over 12,000 entries received)
2000 Finalist award in the “Artist Magazine” still life
     category Dec. 2000 issue (13,900 entries)

General Awards
1976 moved to Eugene, Oregon and showed several years
      in the “Arts in the Park” festivals.
1979 moved to Philomath, Oregon and was accepted in the Albany Oregon Creative Arts Guild.
1985 Juried and accepted in Corvallis Oregon Art Center Show
1986 First Place for pencil drawing for Oregon Benton County Fair
1987,1988, and in 1990 1st Place & Best in Show awards at Oregon Benton County Fair
1991 First Place, Best in Show, and People’s Choice Awards at Oregon Benton County Fair
1992 First Place, Best in Show, and People’s Choice Awards at Oregon Benton County Fair
1992 Juried and accepted into the Oregon Watercolor Society
1996 Juried and accepted into the Penn Cove Cooperative Gallery, Coupeville, WA
1997-2000 Elected President of the Penn Cove Cooperative Gallery, Coupeville, WA
1998 First Place, Anacortes Arts & Crafts Festival Juried Show
1999 Juried and accepted into the Artist Gallery Cooperative, Langley, WA
2002 Juried and accepted into the American Women Artists Competition, Santa Fe, NM
2003 Juried and accepted into the Island Historical Museum 2003 Calendar
2004 Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Poster
2005 Whidbey General Hospital Cancer Art Poster
2006 –2007 Photography selected for Amateur Photographer of the Year 2007
     International Society of Photographers
2010 created and designed the Coupeville High School Drama "Little Shop of Horrors" posters
2011 Juried and accepted into the Penn Cove Gallery Cooperative
2014 Painting choosen for the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival 50th Anniversary 2014 Poster
2015 Joined Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators

Completely self-taught, Michele has exhibited her work in numerous shows, galleries, competitions,
businesses, and has taught several classes. Although she has used various media such as pencil, ink
and acrylics, Michele has settled on watercolor as her favorite. “I love to paint with rich colors and
contrasts”. Michele’s favorite subject is people. “People are exciting to paint and children always liven up
a watercolor”. After raising two children of her own and working in management jobs, she moved to
Whidbey Island in 1995 to enjoy its beauty and spend more time pursuing her art. Michele has gladly
done portraits and commission work.

Michele now has some of her original watercolors in the USA, Mexico, Netherlands, Bali, Canada, Norway
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