My name is Michele Ann & I am a gothic / fantasy artist living in Buckinghamshire with my husband & children. I’m from an artistic family, my father & two older brothers influenced me a lot when I was young & I suppose it was inevitable that I follow in their footsteps. I started drawing seriously around 10 years of age mostly drawing celebrities which were published in the school magazine. Apart from an interest in history, english & biology I was not very studious & really wasn’t that interested in school. My enthusiasm for fantasy began with my brother when he showed me a fantastic scene he had drawn in felt pen. It was amazing, so alive. He then lent me his book by the artist Boris Vallejo called “Mirage”. I was totally inspired! Later I bought a copy of ‘Fantasy Art Techniques’ by Vallejo & put into practice what he taught! I even tried to imitate him, he was my hero! However, I soon realised I was not going to be a great painter. I found painting too difficult & it didn’t feel natural to me so my dream of being a fantasy artist quickly disappeared. You see, I loved to draw, I like to create realism with pencil & when I drew Judy Garland or Elvis Presley people reacted in a positive way. I clung to that reaction for too long, afraid to try anything new for fear of failure. After a while I began to feel trapped! I did some illustrations for cards or children’s books & the occasional portrait, but artistically I was sterile!
My interest in fantasy came back in the late 80′s. When the pre-Raphaelite movement came back into fashion there was an abundance of reproductions of famous artists such as Waterhouse, Rossetti & Millais & after a visit to the Tate Gallery in London & having seen up close ‘The Lady of Shallot’ & ‘Ophelia’, a switch went on in my head & my heart. I knew I had to pursue a career in art & nothing else could make me really happy. During this period, I drew a lot, trying to improve myself in the realistic side that I liked, sometimes spending all night drawing! A few years later, I bought a figurine from “the faerie realm” collection by Michael Talbot, produced by Clare craft. Inspired by Michaels work, Instead of painting, I began to make sketches working with coloured pencils. I was surprised with the results so I decided to continue with my pencils & improve skin tones, etc… While my children were small I could not devote myself entirely to my art. I drew when I could, often when they were in bed. I also worked part-time at our local hospital which was very rewarding but truthfully I could not wait to be back home to draw!
In 2001 I quit my job & picked up my pencils again to produce some ethereal fairies. I made framed prints that I offered to a small gift shop. They kindly agreed & just by chance someone important saw them & contacted me for a project. He needed an artist for a series of 16 illustrations of the Archangels. I was flattered & I accepted the offer. This was a great experience for me, each angel had its own personality, in a style not at all traditional but modern, some were even quite Gothic. I drew them in coloured pencils, which allowed me to get better again. Although I was quite happy with the result, I felt something was missing but failed to define what. I had always drawn what I had in my mind or by referring to magazines. I really wanted to create my own photographs to later use as reference for artwork. I needed a clear picture to work from as I am a detail freak. So I asked my niece to do a photo shoot for me & she kindly agreed. The shoot took place in a local church & cemetery dating back to the 13th century, very atmospheric, a perfect setting for me as an artist. I was in my element, creating illustrations from my photos, changing the details according to my needs, fabulous! I still mainly use willing family members or friends as models!
We are very pleased to announce that we have a collection of Michele Ann’s art available as photographic (A4 or 16x12) or canvas prints (16x12).
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