Michelle Bloom, Portland Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement I am a self taught artist who has been creating art since I was a child. I paint and take photography. My method is spontaneous, subconscious, and child like. When taking photos I listen to Manopa, my inner muse who inspires me to capture an interesting or beautiful moment. When painting I add layer on top of layer of color, often not knowing what the finished piece will look like, following my intuition, allowing the image to emerge without my conscious mind controlling the process too much. I consider my method feminine in nature because I create from an irrational place of emotion and instinct. I live to create art. It is not only my passion but a necessary medicine for me. I welcome you to explore life through my creations.