My approach to painting is intuitive, yet intentional, utilizing mediums such as oil paint, spray, images and found objects to emphasize the realistic qualities of my subjects, but also to experiment with different methods of layering and abstraction. Drawing upon inspiration from a variety of sources, my aim is to tell a story, centering on personal interactions, habitual routines, the places we encounter and the connections we form with others.
Michelle Hoogveld is best known for her distinctive use of mixed media, whose work explores the relational boundaries of mediums in a figurative yet abstract fashion.
Michelle’s work can be seen in homes and businesses across North America and Europe, expanding her scope as an artist to include both indoor and outdoor spaces. She was juried onto the 2015 Calgary's Utility Box Program Roster, an opportunity which allowed for her works to be seen in public spaces within Calgary and led to the creation of murals within local communities and restaurants. In the past, Michelle was selected to create the artwork for the Calgary Stampede Dream Home, was juried into the Western Showcase Art Auction, has shown in local galleries and shops, and has recently been published in both Press The Fashion Magazine and Standout Publications. In honour of her mother Moira, Michelle and her sisters created The Sky Painters. The aim of the project is to bring inspiration to others by painting a series of 56 paintings that represent 56 stories of those impacted by cancer. All paintings will be auctioned off to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from Lynn University as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from The University of British Columbia.
My vision for this project is to create works of art that tell a story about who we are as people, the activities we engage in and the connection we have with others. My aim is to create a discussion centering on how individuals identify themselves within the community and what it is about their surroundings that offer moments of pleasure, reflection and joy. While painting, I invite community members to take part in my artistic process through observation, dialogue and documentation. By incorporating connections that community members identify with, this project truly becomes collaborative, giving members of the community an opportunity to share a part of themselves through storytelling.
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