Artist Michelle Rideout
The Artist Says:
"I am happiest when I am immersed in art; I cannot imagine life without this inspiring career. I am inspired to create paintings that reflect God's wonderful creations in nature. I hope that my paintings add serenity to the lives of all who view them."
"Michelle, every day I enjoy your pastel titled 'Strawberries and Cream.' I am proud of my purchase and thank you for creating this beautiful piece of artwork."
Mimi Sammis (http://www.mimisammis.com)
"I really like Michelle's paintings and am proud to represent her."
Ellen Calvin, Loblolly Gallery
Other Artists Say:
"Michelle, it has been a real pleasure to watch you grow as an artist. You have a thorough background in drawing, which is the basis of painting. Because of your drawing skill, you have a definite advantage over many other painters."
Michelle has been drawing since she was a small child with her artist father, Tommy Thompson, as her favorite teacher. She has worked with many mediums over the years, but oil has become her favorite. While living in Chattanooga she studied watercolor with Carolyn Wright. She credits Wright with renewing her love of fine art and giving her the confidence to continue to learn and develop her craft. After moving with her family to the Nashville area she studied pastel with Pat Thompson of Franklin, TN. At the encouragement of her father she took a plein air workshop with Jason Saunders, a very talented local landscape artist, and loved the challenge and excitement she felt with this new medium. After attending another workshop with Franklin artist Roger Dale Brown, oil would become her medium of choice. During the following years she continued to attend workshops and classes with several local artists such as Dawn Whitelaw, Kevin Menck, Laura Shepherd and Erin Martin. She also attended workshops with Jeremy Doss of Atlanta, GA, Casey Baugh of New York, and Linda St. Clair of Santa Fe, NM.
Belle Meade Plantation Art Gallery, Nashville, TN, February 2010
Brentwood (TN) Public Library, October 2011, 2013, 2016
The Chestnut Group, Nashville, TN
American Impressionist Society
Portrait Society of America
Oil Painters of America
B.S. in Graphic Design
The University of North Alabama, Florence, AL, 1989
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