Artist Michele Silva

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The Artist Says:

The drawing literally is the skeleton of the painting. 


Michele Silva, Luso-American painter, currently resides on the coast of Lisbon, Portugal. 
Living along the coast of Lisbon is inspiring and it seems I am always going back to painting the ocean.  The ocean has called me ever since childhood; it breathes and I find peace and energy. 
Drawing began in third grade and I haven't stopped; it's an integral part of painting.  I prefer oil painting, but watercolour is also enjoyable for its fresh quickness.  At the Roslyn School of Painting my mentor, Charles Pasquelina, encouraged me to let the paint be seen and to let the photographers concentrate on acute realism.  With a scholarship from the Pastel Society of America to spend a year at the Art Students League, I soon became adept at capturing the likeness of the very diverse models. 
The following years found me painting family and I began to teach, always passing on the importance of drawing and for the student to find their colour palette from within.
I am currently working on seascapes of the area and have returned en force to writing children's stories.  Sometimes, I do illustrate these.  Illustration if fun, sort of like doodling for me.  It is an escape of accurate line and form, found a loose style where colour continues to dominate. 
During these years, I have exhibited in the United States and in Portugal.  My last major exhibition was over two years ago at the Whistler Museum of Art, the oldest art association stateside.  As the year unfolds, I will begin to seek a gallery to show current work.

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