Michelle’s Tale

michelleI live in Rockford, Illinois with my husband Tom in a colorful, art filled old house. Our beloved animal family includes a Beagle, Jack Russel mix and a 25 pound Maine Coon cat.

I grew up in a family of artists and animal lovers. My love for animals and passion for colorful painting led me to pet portraits. I have been painting portraits since 2002 when onĀ  a whim I painted my dog. and am proud to have them in collections in Germany, South Africa and all over the U.S. I learned to paint and capture the personality of animals from my father. His studio was at home where I watched him magically make animals come to life in his art. He was a graphic artist by trade, but human and animal portraits were his true passion. He taught me how to paint the eyes to capture the soul of the animal.