Michelle is a Toronto-area based artist who paints colourful and texture-rich scenes using simply her finger tips. Having started with brushes, she noticed that using her fingers as a tool empowered her to move the paint differently — to evoke excitement and emotion as the pigments collide and swirl into each other. Michelle realized she had strayed into her own style and soon abandoned the brushes to explore the technique she had come to embrace. She is primarily self-taught, and continually takes workshops and lessons with artists.

“I feel as though I am right there in the scene when I paint
with my fingers…it’s a combination of sculpting and painting.”


Recognition and Exhibitions
  • First Place, Oil Category, Columbus Artist Guild Members Exhibition, 2019 – Columbus, Georgia
  • Exhibiting Artist, Niagara Image Gallery, June-July 2019, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Columbus Artist Guild, Visiting Guest Artist, 2019 – Columbus, Georgia
  • Exhibiting Artist, Artworld Fine Art, March-April 2019 – Toronto, Ontario
  • Exhibiting Artist, 2019 Artist Commons Show, Withrow Common Art Gallery (A CNE Association Venue) – Toronto, Ontario
  • Live Demonstrating Artist, Night to Nurture Gala, Grocery Foundation 2017 & 2019 – Toronto, Ontario
  • Best in Show for “Kit Kat on King”, Toronto West Arts Collaborative Group Exhibition, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario
  • Live Demonstrating Artist – Mayor’s Evening for the Arts  – Toronto Arts Foundation, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario
  • Live Demonstrating  Artist, Toronto West Arts Collaborative Booth, CNE 2017, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario
  • Toronto West Arts Collaborative Group Members Show, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario
  • Emboss Magazine “Vibrance” Issue –  Featured Artist, 2016
  • Artist in Residence, Galerie d’art Terre Bleu at Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, 2016 & 2017 – Milton, Ontario
  • Artworld Fine Art 2014 Gift Sized Art Exhibition & Sale, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario

Michelle supports many organizations through painting donations and live painting demonstrations, some of which are:

  • Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice
  • Grocery Foundation Night to Nurture Gala
  • Teddy Bear Affair supporting the Children’s Aid Foundation
  • United Way of Greater Toronto
  • Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in support of Toronto Arts Foundation
  • Kristen Saroli’s Road to Recovery
  • The Ernestine Affair in support of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter
  • Turockstock Music Festival
  • Columbus Artists’ Guild