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, expanding her scope as an artist to include both indoor and public spaces. She was selected to create the artwork for the 2014 Calgary Stampede Dream Home, was juried into the 2014 Western Showcase Art Auction, has been featured by Saatchi Art in three of their art collections and recently was published in Press The Fashion Magazine (Fall 2014). She frequently donates her work to charitable organizations and in honour of her mother Moira, Michelle and her sisters have created The Sky Painters Foundation, a project in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Of Canada. She 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. Currently, Michelle lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.
My vision for the utility box project is to utilize objects, images and quotes collected from community members that tell a story about who we are as people, the activities we engage in and the connection we have with others. Once all the found objects are brought together, I aim to use each piece and create a mixed media painting that portrays people simply doing the things that make up part of their days. Whether it's reading a book, spending time with your family, drinking a fresh cup of coffee, or going for a walk, it is the simple things in life where one can find joy. By incorporating little bits and pieces from community members, this project truly becomes collaborative, giving members of the community an opportunity to share a part of themselves through storytelling.
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