Artist Michele de Braganca

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"My love for art grew out of an early exposure to the New York art scene. As a child, my mother regularly took me to museums, galleries, the ballet, and the theater. Moved by what I experienced, I began to draw and paint at an early age. As a graduate student in printmaking, a trip to Florence, Italy for an intensive printmaking course completely changed the direction of my work. Having fallen in love with the landscape and people of Italy, I began to paint en plein air in pastel, and would return to Italy often, to paint. Over the years, I have shifted my focus to oils. I have always had a deep attachment to mountain wilderness and the remote backcountry. There is nothing I love more than to hike, backpack, and take yearly pack trips into these unspoiled and secluded places to paint. Although I also love to paint farm country, and urban scenes, it is in the mountains that I am most inspired."
Michele has studied plein air painting with Jill Carver, Kevin Macpherson, Jean LeGassick, Karl Dempwolf, and Randall Sexton, among others. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual  National Juried Exhibition in Fredericksburg, Texas; the California Art Club’s  “A Century of Landscapes” at the California Historical Society in San Francisco, CA;  and the “American Women Artists 2009” National Juried  Exhibition and Competition at the South Street Gallery in Easton, MD, where she received an award of merit. Her work has been exhibited in galleries on both East and West coasts, and exists in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.
Michele received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. She is [...]

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