I'm excited to report that I've been invited to exhibit a one-woman show May 20 - June 30, 2014 at Savoury and Sweet Restaurant in Niagara Falls. Not only is Savoury and Sweet an excellent, independant restaurant, but it is one of the best art and music venues in Niagara Falls. Launch party will be May 20th. About 17 paintings will be exhibited, most for sale as originals. I will also offer some as giclee originals. 


I spend November and January to April in Gainesville Florida, home of the University of Florida. I paint at the Allison LeBaron studio on Main St with Allison and a good group who help me keep my nose to the grindstone (palette?). Being in Florida gives me the opportunity to paint more fresh food, while it is still fresh, (such as the pears in the painting Four Sisters in Their Prime) and it changes me in other ways too. Today I picked holly, magnolia leaves and a soft pine branch, all from our yard, added them to a few flowers and created a nice Thanksgiving flower arrangement. Place really does influence my thoughts and my work.




Pickled peppers

Michelle – August 2013


Buy long curved red and yellow hot peppers and one or two short ones.


Paint them first!


Find some gloves or be careful to wash hands very well after handling the peppers. If you have cuts on your hands, your hands will hurt!


When the painting is done, split peppers, remove seeds and veins, flatten. Blister them under the broiler and place in a covered bowl or paper bag for 10 min or so. Then remove as much of the skin as possible and slice the peppers lengthwise in wide strips. Drop the strips in a clean 8oz canning jar. 


In a small saucepan bring 6 oz white vinegar, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 2 peeled garlic cloves, 4-5 whole cloves and 2 cardamon seeds to a simmer. Pour over the peppers and apply lid.


Store in the fridge.


Very useful in lots of recipes and also you can use the pickled-pepper-vinegar for dressings and meat marinades.




I do not see my food paintings as 'still life'. I see them as dinner - about the importance of preparing and eating a meal with family and friends, about the swirl of a lively kitchen and the goodness of wholesome ingredients.


I don't think you or I will do anything more important today than cooking or enjoying a meal for your family or friends!. Yes, we all work, but we are all working to put food on the table.


I am painting for the kitchen, the place where food creates family and friends.



Our house at 4883 Simcoe St in Niagara Falls is offered for sale. The house is located two blocks to downtown Queen St. It includes a huge insulated workshop/studio (about 900 sq ft) with two skylights. You can see the tour at niagaraexecutivehomes.ca


I'll be exhibiting and selling my work at the Art by the Lighthouse juried show at the Pumphouse Art Gallery in Niagara on the Lake Aug 3 & 4 from 10:00 - 5:00 each day.


It will be my biggest show ever with over 15 paintings offered for sale. Stop by and say hello.

The McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg has pulled together a terrific juxtaposition of nature art with its Group of Seven works, and photos by Ansel Adams and Edward Burtynsky. While I think that the Group of Seven works (and contemporaries) as a whole will never be met or matched when it comes to allowing us to see Ontario (mostly), the works of Burtynsky in particular show us a very odd beauty, that of oil spills, tire fires, mines and swamps. Really, the works are beautiful, the landscapes shown are beautiful and Burtynsky's phtographic and print methods leave one awestruck by his ability to make such landscapes beautiful. Adams photos of Western US (mostly) and Canada are nice, but seem small and dull when placed in the warmth radiating from the walls and windows of the McMichael, and in the context of the color of the Canadians. All of them. Considering that we spend much of our time covered in white, we are a colorful people.  


Then, we drove to little Callander Ontario, on Lake Nippissing, where such a lovely small local art gallery is located. Showing the works of about 12 artists (watercolors, acrylics, some oils, some giclees, woodturning), and also running art classes, workshops and painting parties. What a whirlwind of art activity in a small town with Solomons at its center. Very nice to see and very nice to be part of.


This week Ken and I will load up the Outback and take a road trip. First stop the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg Ontario to get us ready for the real landscapes we will see on our next stop.


The next stop is the big news - Solomon's Art Gallery in Callandar Ontario will be showing and selling my work! I'm bringing them my fresh, hot off the brush, Giclee Originals  -- my paintings, printed on canvas, then painted again, then varnised --- so each painting is an original. I'm bringing some small oil originals too.


Callandar is on lovely Lake Nippissing just around the corner from North Bay. I am very happy to be associated with Solomons Gallery as one of their 12 artist-members.