Michelle was born in Sydney in 1945. She studied at the National Art School, Sydney, gaining a Diploma in Design and Craft in 1965. In 1966 she had her first professional showing at Gallery A’s Summer Exhibition, and further exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne followed. She travelled to Europe in 1968, and participated in exhibitions in London. Returning to Australia in July 1969, cshe continued to show in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide,
In 1973 Michelle was selected to show in New York and other major US Cities at the International Telephone and Telegraph Acquisitive Award, with artists from thirty countries. . In 1973 and 1975 she was invited to exhibit in the McCaughey Art Exhibition at the National Gallery in Victoria.
Throughout the 1970’s and early 1980’s she had many solo and group showings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, and regional galleries, as well as in London. In 1976, her work was included in the BHP Selection Exhibition of Contemporary Australian Art in Melbourne, and in 1980 she was one of the ‘Australian Artists Of Fame and Promise’ whose work was shown at NSW House in London. In 1986 Michelle relocated to Sydney, . In the same year she was represented in the Modern Australian Paintings Survey Exhibition at the Charles Nodrum Gallery in Melbourne.
The opportunity to again explore landscape came in 1998 when location of six acres near Oberon has allowed her to plan and commence another garden. “3 Ponds”, Series A & B was exhibited at Bryanhooper Gallery Sydney September/October 2003. Other exhibitions of note took place at the New England Art Museum and Sir Herman Black Gallery in Sydney University. Michelle’s work is represented on corporate fine art collections and the permanent collections of the Australian National Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, various regional galleries; and the collections of educational and municipal bodies and universities.
I have been painting for 50 years but I just wanted to tell stories. You place yourself in time and the experiences you have and they become part of the story. I have carried my childhood sensibilities with me – the five senses alert. I abandoned those influences between childhood and adulthood where education dulls the senses and intuition.