I was a wild child or in other words a free spirit growing up. I’m sure to my mother, I said I was a handful! Although unbeknownst to her, it was she who inadvertently brought art into my life. She enrolled me in all the art and ballet classes she could afford, just to keep me busy and out of her hair. I don’t think she expected for me to like it this much. I know I never expected to love what I do so much that I’d want to continue learning to improve on my skills.
After high school, I enrolled in a local college and pursued a degree in Graphic Design. I realized that I enjoyed making projects, from brochures, designs, to photos. I have been creating and finishing projects since the first time I picked up my first paint brush, but professionally for 7 years. I never expected to be accomplishing so many things on my own.
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I always thought I would grow up and move far away from my family, but I never did. As much as they drive me crazy, their MY family, and I love them. Being close to them is important to me. When I’m not making the world prettier, you most likely will find me at home in my room sitting by my heater reading a book next to my pets, relaxing. That’s how I like to spend my down time. If it is a sunny weekend day, I’ll be up in the mountains hiking!
In my spare time I love paying it forward, giving back to my community and volunteering. I love making graphics, posters, tickets, and photographing people (capturing special moments). Just seeing smiles is a pleasing feeling.
In January 2022, I received my first award/grant. I got to go to the Seattle Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. This grant offers research for Native artists who are interested in Northwest Native Art and would like to learn from the Burke Museum’s Heritage: Arts & Cultures collections in order to expand their artistic and cultural knowledge. As a tribal member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, I couldn’t be anymore honored and proud! – Michelle
My mission is to share with people my talent and passion for art. I want to help my clients bring their ideas and dream projects to reality. I am well versed with working with many different personalities and pride myself on the ability to always meet my client’s needs and expectations. I have experience working in different settings from private to education to government agencies. I’m familiar with printed products such as mail outs, prom tickets, senior photos and website graphics. I want to bring art to life! I am always looking for the next project, will it be yours?