Meet the artist - Michelle Morey

Ladybug by Michelle Morey 

This month we are featuring interviews with the artists who are part of our upcoming art show - sight/unseen - at The Artist's Den in Concord, May 21-26, 2016.

This is Michelle Morey - what do you like most about living in Concord?

I have been in the Bay Area for almost 30 years and I feel blessed to be surrounded by such amazing creative energy and beauty. 
Having worked in Concord less than a year, I am new to the area and quite impressed by how open and supportive the community of artists here have been. 
I manage The Artist's Den, a gallery and studio for adults with developmental disabilities. We opened in June of last year and have been well-received by the community. 
The comment I hear from most artists who stop by is, "This is wonderful, but we need more gallery space!"

What mediums or techniques will you be using for your piece?
I will be working with both old and trusted mediums and trying some new things. This project is a challenge on several levels. I have spent years dedicating my energies to supporting others in their creative endeavors while setting mine aside, but also my vision is changing and I am coming to terms with the real possibility of losing my vision. I am exploring the impact this is having on my life and my art. I love to paint, but I need to let go of the fine detail work I enjoy and am now leaning more towards texture and color. I have a sense of where I would like for this piece to go, but it feels very organic. Giving up control, learning to do things differently and acceptance seem to be the lessons here.

Lonnie Carter with work he created at The Artist's Den
Lindsay Worthington with her art

How long have you been creating art?
I have been playing with art all of my life. My mother was a very creative person and if Barbie needed clothes or a home, we made it. We were always making things - painting, refinishing, sewing and sanding.
What's the best advice you've received as an artist?
My mom was never afraid of making mistakes or making a mess, which is what she taught me. She also taught me not to worry too much about following the rules or directions, which can still get me into trouble. I feel pretty lucky to have grown up with that kind of freedom, because it kept my creative spirit alive and I have never been afraid of getting my hands dirty. My boss doesn't always love me, though.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing so much, Michelle. This is so touching.


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