Artist Michelle A. Murray

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Michelle was born in Michigan and raised in Ohio before coming to Alberta, Canada as a young adult. She now resides in Edmonton, AB, Canada, with her husband Sean and their family. Michelle is the mother of eight and grandmother of fourteen. Michelle became interested in art as a child while watching her grandfather paint during his retirement years.  And it is a family affair, for her great, great grandfather was an artist as well, having painted the church ceiling in Serra San Bruno, Italy.  Michelle discovered her talent and passion for art at 14, while sketching from life with a friend.  She went on to study with a classically trained Dutch artist in commercial art, an experience she calls "a total immersion in art and technique".  She has since studied with many of today's master artists.
In love with oils from the very first brush stroke, Michelle loves a mix of styles, tight with loose, thick with thin, broad with delicate, transparent with opaque. She uses the paint to its fullest to add vibrancy to her work. She gravitates toward painting figures, as she feels the figures offer a chance for storytelling.  Michelle first learned to handle the issue of light by painting the still life, and now uses that knowledge of light and form on her figures.  Given her passion for painting the figure, it is not surprising that her inspiration comes from masters such as Sorolla, Sargent, Bouguereau, Cecelia Beaux, Rockwell, Pino, and some of today's masters such as Weistling, Gerhartz, Situ and Schmid. 
Figurative Artwork
It is Michelle’s aim to capture the light and beauty of the moment... to tell the story of the splendor of life, while capturing thought, emotion and mood.
Plein air
After recent study this is becoming a new area of focus and growth. The challenge to record the [...]

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