Michelle Dunaway is a professional artist living in New Mexico and has been drawing for as long as she can remember. As a young child she
was captivated with drawing people and that focus continues to this day. "I've always been intrigued with drawing faces and hands, also
capturing the essence of the human spirit fascinates me, whether it is found in the graceful movements of the human form or the eyes of the
model. There is a whole story waiting to be found and revealed through the brush."
She credits her mother's creative influence and her upbringing in Alaska as fueling her artistic imagination. "My mother was always doing
something creative, whether painting, wood carving, or stained glass... there were always art books around the house and she encouraged
me to do charcoal drawings at around the age of seven. I think growing up in Alaska gave me a love of color and also, growing up in such an
untamed wilderness made me aware of all the beauty that is in the everyday. My Father and I always went on adventure hikes in the
wilderness, taking the 'path less traveled.' I think that really gave me a joy of the process of discovery that translates into the creation of art.
For me, the most profound stories are found in the simplest moments. That is something I aspire to convey in my paintings."
Michelle moved to New Mexico in her teenage years and studied at Art Masters Acadamy with artist Lou Maestas where she first learned to
work with oils and paint from a live model. Michelle then went on to attend the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena
California where she attained a solid foundation in drawing and anatomy, studying with teachers such as Steve Huston. Afterward, she
returned to New Mexico and began to teach as well as receive numerous portrait commissions.
In her mid 20's Dunaway lived on the East Coast while doing a commissioned sculpture. While there, she was exposed to paintings of the
great masters such as John Singer Sargent, Jules Bastien-Lepage, and Cecilia Beaux at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. "It
was a pivotal time for me," Dunaway recalls, "seeing these originals for the first time, I knew that I wanted to focus my passion on
Dunaway sought out the instruction of contemporary masters such as Morgan Weistling and Jeremy Lipking, whom she credits as having
great influence on her approach. "I feel blessed to have such talented and dedicated artists as friends and mentors who share so generously
of their knowledge. I think that's why I've always been moved to teach as well, it's important to pass on the wisdom ..."
She has lived and worked in California, teaching at the renowned California Art Institute in Westlake Village and at the Los Angeles
Academy of Figurative Art.
Dunaway was a top finalist in the Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition in 2010, where she won the Award of
Exceptional Merit for her double portrait of the daughters of actress Jane Seymour.
Michelle was featured in Southwest Art magazine’s "21 under 31" issue as one of the twenty-one emerging fine artists of the United States.
Her paintings and drawings have been featured in Art ot the West magazine, American Art Collector magazine, Southwest Art, International
Artist and American Artist Workshop. Michelle’s drawings are included in the book Strokes of Genius 2: The Best of Drawing Light and
Dunaway is represented by The Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and Jackson, WY, Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Principle Gallery
in Charleston, SC and InSight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. Her work is in numerous private collections.
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|" Rhythms " oil on linen 8x10
|" Remembering Home " oil on linen 20x15
|" Katie and Jenni - The Daughters of Jane Seymour "
Oil on Belgian linen 20x30
|" Illuminated " oil on linen 25x18
|" Resting " Oil on Linen 6 " x 6 "
|" Lara's Legacy " oil on linen 40x26
|" Thoughtful " oil on linen 16x26
|" Shell Seeker " oil on linen 16x26"
|" A Walk In New England " oil on linen 30x20
|" Reflection " oil on linen 12x9
|" At the Rodin Museum " oil on linen 19x25
|" Reclining Nude " oil on linen 12x16
|" The Silk Dress " Oil on Linen 36 " x 6 '
|" Nude With Red Cloth " oil on linen 9x12
|" Nude in Window Light " oil on linen 12x16
|" Light through an Open Door " oil on linen 21x12