July 7-31, 2018

MICHELE JOHNSEN

Opening Reception
Friday, July 7, 2018

Michele has spent a lifetime engaged in and devoted to the visual arts having begun drawing at a very young age. She took an oil painting class in her early twenties, but quickly began experimenting with a variety of craft mediums when her first son was born. She spent many years involved in textile crafts, then learned calligraphy, prompting a career in graphic design. She started doing simple commissions out of her home, but the business grew to a size that prompted the opening of “The Studio” in 1984, where she met the needs of clients in a breadth of design work as well as framing, sign painting and portrait commissions. Her primary medium at that time was colored pencil. Her proficiency earned her important commissions as well as inclusion in The Colored Pencil Society of America’s group shows as well as three additions of The Best of Colored Pencil” by Rockport Publishers.

She received a BS in Art Education from Granite State College in 2002 and began a teaching career that same year. She is currently employed as a full time art educator at Colebrook Elementary and Colebrook Academy in Colebrook, NH. At the same time she spends much of her time creating acrylic landscapes inspired by her north country home as well as her travels to the west coast and Europe, developing a distinctive style over the past decade. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the country.

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