Michele’s oil landscape paintings include both plein air and studio works.

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  • Big Sur Morning, 9x12, framed
    Big Sur Morning

    Big Sur Morning

    In the spring, I go on retreat with several of my painting friends to an area close to Big Sur. From this location, we are able to get an early start painting and catch the light coming up over the mountains to the east. This painting was made in the early morning with the sun lighting parts of the Bixby Bridge on highway one as it travels along the coast to Big Sur. – mh


  • Forbidden Beach


         “On my way to visit Local Color in Big Sur and replace paintings that have sold from there, Rich and I often plan a hike somewhere along the coast. On one of our visits, we hiked out to the beaches at Andrew Molera State Park. We took the high trail, a new one for us. Part way along stood an old log cabin amongst tall eucalyptus trees.


         “After about a mile, we climbed to a vantage point above the sea. Further along the coast, and looking North, was a quiet stretch of beach. In the foreground were many colors of wild flowers, including the wild golden achillias which so complement the blues in the sea. The sky was clear, so the ocean had patches of turquoise which so describe this part of the California Coast. The light sand makes for clear water near the shore.


         “This beach is fenced off so getting close was not an option. I took several photos that I later used as references for this painting.”


    – mh

  • Light on the Slough

    “California’s Pacific Ocean coastline is dotted with sloughs and estuaries of the many rivers and creeks which wash out to the sea. These often brackish bodies of water provide habitat for a myriad of plants and creatures. Along the Pajaro Valley in Watsonville CA, are many sloughs. This location offered a view of the farmland beyond. It is home to many birds. (The Spanish name for bird is Pajaro.)


    “In this particular spot, I was attracted to the light on the trees as the sun set to the west, casting shadows and streaks of warm light. I included a blue heron in the painting, one of my favorites among the graceful birds that inhabit the area.” – mh


  • Luminesscent Sea, 11x14, framed

    Luminescent Sea

    One day there was a break in the rain and the sun appeared through the clouds. The Sea turned a luminous shade of green. I painted feverishly to capture the moment. This location is close to a favorite surf spot on the East side of Santa Cruz called Pleasure Point. – mh


  • Pacific_Edge, 11x14, framed trimmed

    Pacific Edge

    “I am fortunate to live close to the Pacific Ocean and protected areas along the coast. A favorite itinerary of visitors to the area is to take a ride along 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. ‘Pacific Edge’ was painted at a pull off along this route.

    “The waves were large this day and the tide was high. Off shore rocks broke the waves, creating cascades of ocean spray into the sky. An intriguing home sits on the bluffs overlooking the sea. The blue of the sky and ocean are complemented by the gold cliffs leading down to the sea.”

    – mh

  • Ursa Curious


         “One autumn, while visiting Yosemite National Park, I set up my easel to paint the reflections of Half Dome in the Merced River. When I had almost completed the painting, a black bear came snuffling along the far side of the river. I grabbed my camera and took several pictures. Richard came to help me pack up just then, and we decided a fast exit was in order as the bear looked our way.


         This painting was created in my studio soon after, from my memories and from photos.


    – mh

Most paintings are done on canvas, though occasionally Michele paints directly on prepared wood boards. Larger works are painted on stretched canvas. Many of her plein air works are on canvas panels - with canvas adhered to wooden panels prior to painting. The inspiration for Michele's paintings are in the world all around us. She seeks to capture her experiences and with these representations touch your memory and imagination.