Michelle Teresa Courier
To be an artist is to recognize the possibilities of everyday sight and scenes. Michelle Courier intends her woodland landscapes and seascape paintings to bring an enthusiastic response to the world she sees. She is especially attracted by light: reflections, sunbeams, and shadows. The mood of a painting is almost always portrayed by the quality of light. She uses a pointillism technique that looks abstract when viewing the art work close up, taking a step back the image becomes Impressionistic and another step back the image appears more photographic. The use of strong light and dark contrasts paired with vertical and horizontal shapes create rhythm and movement.
Michelle Courier was born in Michigan in 1964. She was raised in Fenton and is now a resident of Bay City, Michigan. Growing up in a family of artists, her artistic expression began at the early age of 12. Michelle attended Delta College and received her A.S.A. in 1985 and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts in 1987. Michelle’s experience with photography brings sensitivity to light and form.
Her strong sense of composition and image space combined with a flair for the dramatic, naturally lead her to create striking gallery wrapped acrylic paintings on canvas. Her contemporary artistic versatility has led to painting, portraits, floral, birch tree landscapes, architectural styles and many commissioned works. Courier has worked as an art instructor since 1992 and has won numerous awards for her work. Her art work has been acquired by many major corporate and private collectors worldwide.