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Michele Ritter's Gallery   -   Artist Biography

Oddity of Art

If you ask me what I can do in this world...I, am artist...will answer you: I am here to live out loud", by Emil Zola.

I am a self-taught visionary intuitive artist. Most of my art is channeled and I have no clue where it is going while the painting is evolving.

My beloved spouse past away of lung cancer in October 2004 after a brief 4 month diagnosis. After his passing, my passion for art over whelmed me. I became a hermit, downsized a big home and headed for Nashville, Indiana (an artist colony) and moved into a 900 sq ft. redwood cabin in the heart of hills and valleys. I only took my art supplies, piano, little furniture and most of my books. I started painting seriously for the first time and art is for me. Each piece I create holds a special moment in that creation.

I love it all. I am also teaching an art class at a local senior citizen retirement community. My students ages range from 83 to 100. We meet every Tuesday morning. They are awesome. We just won First Prize in an art contest sponsored by the Salvation Army here in Bloomington, Indiana. We had to repurpose an item. We found a shower chair the Salvation Army Thrift Store and turned it into a piece of Monet art. It is a hoot! I will be sharing pictures of our art piece with you.

In seeing the art on No Bull, all of you have fantastic art...because you can tell it comes from the heart.


In talking to many artists. You do not have to have an art degree to be an artist. For me, what you have to have is non-judgment of your own art and others. Allow yourself to be free and try everything and anything.

I took 2 art lessons. This art teacher taught art in Jr.High. I was so proud of my Matisse rendition. She stated, "that is no Matisse!" Thanked her for the lesson and never took another lesson. It is a Matisse! To me! LOLOLOL

Experiment, Experiment, Experiment

I am the queen of experimenting! In 2004, I started with fairly large canvases (30"x40") oils. Played around just using a paper towel to blend. Then tried acrylics. This monster in acrylics is 84" x 102". I painted 5 of my nudist friends. They laid on my raw canvas, outlined their bodies and it took 2 months to paint by hand and paper towel only. It is an abstract of "Temptation in the Garden of Eden". Of course, I had to be Eve in the painting. It is hanging on a wall in my inside the home art studio in the basement. I went from huge to right down to 1 inch square wood blocks. That was a challenge, painting each 1 inch square into a Monet impressionist scene.

If I can do it, anyone can do it. When people say I could never do that, they are right, because they choose not to, they could if they tried. My students ages 100 and 98 are just incredible. You should see them blowing into straws their watercolor paints on wet cold press paper created beautiful art work.

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