Artist Michele Combs

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Artist Statement
I’m a contemporary impressionist oil painter who loves thick paint, color, and the way light plays on leaves, water, and faces. In fact, being a painter has changed the way I view the world and I strive to capture the beauty I see onto my canvas.
Picking up a paintbrush compels me to connect emotionally with a subject in a way that a quick click of a camera doesn’t. Where is the light coming from? Where are the shadows and what is hiding there? As I am drawn into the subject I fall deeper into the mood or excitement there and it slips off the end of my brush and onto the canvas. In every painting, I leave a bit of myself.
I am inspired by blooming gardens, the sun rising or setting over a majestic landscape, playful animals, and traveling to distant lands. Everyday scenes of colorful clothes hanging on a line on washing day, a farmers’ market, or a cascading waterfall make me eager to get out my paints and translate that mood or emotion onto my canvas.
One of the greatest joys I have experienced as an artist is when my story intersects with another person’s. When someone views one of my paintings and I see they ‘connect’ with it, there is a joy that brings incredible fulfillment to me as an artist.
My paintings can be found in private and corporate collections.
The Northrup King Building is home to my Minneapolis studio.
Minneapolis is my home. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. Art was something I was always drawn to but didn’t know was a vocation to pursue. Today I can say I am an artist, a painter but I’m not really sure when it was achieved. Emerging into an artist was been a [...]

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