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Meet A. Michel

Today we’d like to introduce you to A. Michel.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles and now split my time between my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Toronto with my companion, Amol. The first 30 years of my professional life, I worked as a development director in nonprofit focusing on children, youth and teens in foster care. For the last eight years, post-divorce, as a single parent raising my now 26-year-old son, Brendan, I learned to paint by watching lots of abstract painting videos on YouTube. I would describe myself as a self-taught Abstract Expressionist Artist, who loves expressing myself through painting. I love the feel of paint on my fingers… it’s a feeling of freedom. Painting gives me freedom to release my deepest desires.

Since childhood, I’ve been drawn to abstract painting and coloring outside the lines. My curiosity of the world and love of global cultures inspires me to travel. Living in Europe transformed my life and path.

Please tell us about your art.
My works are acrylics on canvas. I apply streaks, splatters, and blobs of colors onto the canvas with my fingers, brushes, palette knives, and sponges, etc., and I make them sing with all the intensity I can find. “I think of my artwork as collateral beauty – passion and emotions without boundaries. Innocence and mayhem all at once”.

Through painting, my emotions spill out onto the canvas, as I get lost in each piece. Please enjoy the journey with me and challenge yourself to color outside the lines.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
My advice for those struggling with their artwork due to financial concerns… post your artwork everywhere on social media. I’ve been able to sell the majority of my works through Instagram. I’ve met folks all over the world and throughout the USA.

Also, keep your paying job until you reach the point in your art where you can self-support.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’ve exhibited at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore Valley Wine Country, and people can check my website at: for information on future exhibits or to purchase my works, and find me on Instagram at: www.Instagram/amichelabstractart.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 925-922-0547
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Instagram/amichelabstractart

Image Credit:
All photos are by Angie Taylor, except the Orange with Buddha is done by Beverly Kumari.

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