Michele’s stories are full of hope and wonder. As a storyteller, Michele creates and tells stories of redemption and transformation, regularly at Stories Aloud at the Button Factory, and from time to time at festivals and events, including World Story Telling Day at the Waterloo Museum. She tells stories in words that match the mood and colour of her paintings.
Michele’s paintings are whimsical, boldly colourful—slightly mischievous; not married to reality but quite divorced; living happily ever after. Paintings are acrylics and mixed media collage. Flaunting the rigor of technical proficiency of line and colour, Michele plays with perspective, subject matter and emotional interpretation.
Michele was honoured by the selection of three of her paintings to be part of the permanent collection of Cambridge Memorial Hospital because hers was art that might “make someone happy”. Michele’s paintings can also be seen at various galleries and in private collections throughout southern Ontario.
Michele was recognized in 2013 as a Woman of Distinction for Cambridge YWCA for her contributions to local arts and culture. Michele is 2014 Artist in Residence at Cambridge Centre for the Arts, offering events and workshops under the theme – StoryFusion: Urban Sketching & Storytelling. Michele has had an eclectic career: lawyer, mediator, self-employment coach; adjunct professor at University of Waterloo and self-employed graphic recorder. Michele is currently a program manager at Lutherwood. She has a law degree, a master’s degree in theology and a graduate diploma in social innovation.