Michelle Marcotte - Art Resume
I studied art in Windsor, Ontario at Vincent Massey SS and, at the University of Windsor where I produced oil paintings, drawings and sculpture in bronze, plaster and fiber.
Believing, however, that art would not pay the bills, I spent the next 30 years working as a technical expert, eventually owning regulatory, agri-environmental consulting and medical editing companies in Canada and the United States. My work is quite diverse in the fields of food and agriculture, regulated fine chemicals, radiation processing, science and medical editing. During this time, my art studies were limited to just trying to see. I have travelled to, and worked in, over 40 countries, spending considerable time in museums and galleries in Paris, Vienna, China (Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu), Thailand, England, Russia and several other countries. I have kept my eyes open.
Twenty years ago, I was looking at the paintings of the Hapsburgs in Vienna and I thought that my middle-class Canadian family was just as interesting, and told the story of Canada as much as the Hapsburgs told the story of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. So, I started to paint again, diving right into oil portraiture.
In 2003 I moved from Ottawa Canada to Maryland to marry a delightful American. I became the Arts Curator of University United Methodist Church on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park and founded the UUMC Visual Arts Guild. I became a citizen of the US in 2010, also maintaining my Canadian citizenship.
In 2011, we moved to Niagara Falls, Canada where I moved my passions for food and cooking into my paintings. I began my transition to becoming a full-time artist by setting up a booth at the farmers' market every week and painting whatever fresh produce I could purchase there.
We now live just across the Niagara River in Lewiston NY, where I paint in my large studio, in grocery store cafes, outside for landscapes and at farmers' markets. I became an active, juried, member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Buffalo - Niagara Art Assocation. I sometimes teach students in the Lewiston studio.
We spend the winter near Gainesville Florida in a smaller, colorful studio. I am a member of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association.
So I balance my time between in-studio with fresh food, and outdoors with fresh air. For me, painting fresh food is the plein air equivalent for still life painting - the need to quickly capture the freshness and essence of the food while still producing a well composed painting.
This has been an exciting year as I am coordinating 2020 Vision: Women Artists in Western NY at the Castellani Art Museum. This exhibit of 185 women artists opened February 20, 2020 at the Castellani on the grounds of Niagara University, in Lewiston NY. This exhibit is the first major exhibit of women artists in the five counties of Western NY and it will be shown until mid-August 2020.
(Photo Credit Nathan Reade)
My art website is : michellemarcotte.com. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am an exhibiting member of the Buffalo Society of Artists.
My consulting business website is : www.marcotteconsulting.com