Five years spent living and working in rural Japan piqued her interest in the Japanese aesthetic, and of the Japanese ability to find beauty in the simple and mundane. It was whilst Michelle was there that she began her love affair with Japanese woodcut prints. This art form resonated strongly with Michelle, as she enjoyed relief printmaking’s often crisp, considered and bold graphics.
Upon returning to New Zealand, Michelle taught in secondary schools and then began her young family. She now enjoys painting and printmaking fulltime. Always a keen observer of her surroundings, Michelle focuses on shape, texture and form, and is inspired to elevate the ‘everyday’ to become objects worthy of closer inspection.