Born in Seattle, Washington, Michele Usibelli was drawn to art at an early age. After receiving her degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, Michele was able to combine her dedicated work ethic with her love of travel, finding herself working in locations throughout the world. Michele draws upon her extensive travels and life experiences as the basis of her work.
Michele works primarily in oils, with a flavor of impressionism, in her representational style. Her early training established a strong foundation in the Russian Impressionist tradition of seeing and painting shapes of light and color using relatively loose brushstrokes. She has extensively studied and been influenced by numerous historic artists, most notably Nicholai Fechin, John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase. Combined, all of these influences have allowed Michele to establish her own unique artistic style and define her as a truly versatile emerging 21st Century American Impressionist. Michele is recognized for her expressive colors and the passionate brushwork she achieves in her portraits, landscapes, still lifes and figurative work.
Michele’s award winning artwork has shown in both group and solo gallery exhibitions, in regional, national and international juried exhibitions and won numerous awards. Recently, Michele has followed her passion to teach, conducting ongoing workshops and art demonstrations and has proven to be a popular juror. Her artwork can be found in public and private collections throughout the world.
Michele has been accepted into the following organizations; Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and Women Painters of Washington.
"I have always felt deeply connected to the arts, which was only enhanced by attaining a degree in Architecture. However, I truly discovered my passion when I began to explore oil painting. The wonderful thing about being an artist is, while there may be many guidelines, there are really no strict rules or set of instructions for you to follow. The only requirement is that you follow your heart and create whatever it is that speaks to you. For me, that process begins with an image that I feel carries a certain energy and evokes an emotion. I find myself drawn to subject matter with rich colors or intriguing light. Yet it's the images that I see every day that inspire me to paint, regardless of whether it's a landscape, figurative work, cityscape, or portrait. I have continued to follow my own 'rule' of painting what is truly important to me and feel very fortunate to be able to share that with all those who have supported and appreciated my work. There is nothing more gratifying than knowing my work, which is so important to me, is appreciated by others."