Michelle Calkins, Holland, MI Member Since May 2007 Artist Statement Since childhood I have found solace in the creation of art. It is the one thing to which I can always go home. I know that I belong there. It is my gift and I try not to waste it.
My influences are Edward Hopper, Vincent van Gogh, ants, snails, and people who paint things on the head of a pin. I am especially impressed with artists who create impermanent art, like sand painters or a musician who creates a unique piece of art each time he sings a song. It exists for that moment and then it is gone again. My media of choice are oil & acrylic painting, oil pastel and photography.
Having been a professional picture framer since 1990, the presentation aspect of the art world has been foremost on my mind. It is amazing what a great frame can do. Co-owning Four Corners Framing Company in Holland, Michigan since 1999 has afforded me a front row seat to changing tastes, styles and trends. For me, art and framing go hand in hand.