Featured Artist Michelle Richeson
North Bay Carousel, 84” x 68”, oil on linen by Michelle Richeson
Richeson’s studio is based in Neenah where she works in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastel, and sculpture. A native of northeast Wisconsin, it is her travels throughout the US and abroad that inspire her paintings.
A trip to Ontario, Canada inspired Richeson’s “Carousel Project” where she came upon the Heritage Carousel. Enchanted by it, she created a colorful 84”x68” painting titled “North Bay Carousel.” This started a commitment to share the painting with others, particularly children. Three carousel paintings are in the series and for every print or original purchased, Richeson donates a signed print to a site that serves youth and families.
Currently, her easel holds a painting of a kayaker working his way through the foaming rapids. Colorful water droplets splash in the prismatic technique Richeson employs. This began with a detailed sketch graphed and painted onto the canvas. “It’s here I experiment with extending the lines, fracturing the shapes, and blending color to offer the viewer an unexpected visual experience. The lines of my brushwork become more than a simple road map of where color and shape change. They become the focal point creating a sense of movement and dimension.”
Richeson’s paintings are at the Richeson School of Art & Gallery in Kimberly and Moondeer & Friends Gallery in Boulder Junction. She has an upcoming exhibit at Gallery 110 North which will be on view from August 14-October 2 in Plymouth WI. To see her art online, go to www.mricheson.com.
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