Michelle Jean Studio

Self taught, Michelle is constantly learning, and draws her inspiration from all that surrounds her, both the spectacular and the quiet beauty in the mundane. She believes it’s possible to find inspiration anywhere and in anything, and to allow the universe to utilize you as a conduit by which to express itself. With this philosophy in mind, Michelle doesn’t overthink her art, but rather allows it to flow naturally and intuitively, to achieve an expression of feeling...more

Tanna Series


This collection is inspired by the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. The locals use the natural resources the island provides to create their lifestyle.  Pandanus leaves and bamboo are used to build their homes, the food comes from their garden, everyone is part of the community.  As modern advances make their way to the island, you start to see concrete homes and tin roofs, many which are abandoned.  Each painting from this collection has influence from the natural materials the locals use, but is contrasted by the industrial changes being made. The natural elements I sourced myself, mixing them with textures and tribal sketches inspired by the island. Each piece is named after a village in Tanna.

Pieces of Me


Each patch of canvas in these paintings represent a part of my life, each choice, each decision, each one leading to the next chapter of my life.  Sometimes hanging on by just a thread, the smallest choices can have the biggest impact. A patch, a string, some glue to hold it all together.  This is my life, this is me, this is one choice leading to another, my path somehow connected to yours, right here in this moment.

Perfect Gift Ideas


These pieces make perfect gifts, maybe for someone special or maybe for yourself.