Missouri-based artist Michelle Martin creates abstract paintings with alcohol ink. She uses the ebb and flow of the ink to make a tangible expression from the head to the page. Her abstract works are inspired by memories and moments; sometimes weathered and often raw.
Michelle’s artwork connects the audience to their own experiences and shares the commonality of human emotion. Her art is delicate, full of movement, and filled with intricate details. This creative style offers a contemplative escape from the routine of each day; drawing the audience towards inward reflection.
I grew up on the High Plains in the Texas Panhandle, and that is where I first learned to take nothing seriously. Emptiness plays an important role in both my poetry and my painting: I often find myself spending as much time on what is not there as on what is. This usually means focusing on a single image and letting the whole composition spring up around it — not a narrative but an all at once that evokes a here and now that is, here, now, neither. A likely story is likely to grow out of this when readers and viewers encounter it, but I hope my art always invites more than it contains.
As an art educator, my canvas was my classroom for many years. Now retired, I can channel and direct that creative energy in my own art. I was also a teacher that needed variety and was always trying something new with my students. I have learned so much from my students and fellow art teachers; they are the people who influence me today. I have a strong connection to the natural world and I am a person who needs the outdoors and nature. Animals and plants, flora and fauna are my inspiration for much of my art. I am constantly trying new techniques, taking workshops, etc.