Art, // April 20, 2021
Michelle Green — ARTIST
Interview with artist Michelle Green —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Michelle Green and I’m am a self taught expressive acrylic painter specialized in portraits and abstract. I also own my own art business called Mozzafiato Art which means “breathtaking” in Italian. Being known for my bold use of color, vibrancy, and well as the emotions I portray sets me apart from the rest.
2. Why art?
When I started high school, I got into the magnet program that allowed me to explore the arts. I was in video yearbook, morning announcements, newspaper, and drama club. Being a shy kid, these clubs allowed me to really soar into the person I am today.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
The earliest memory I have would have to be when I was 10 years old. Every Sunday my grandmother would always do crafts with the family. Expressing myself was never easy so I used art as a way of channeling my creative energy. After realizing how healing and uplifting it was for others, I knew it was something that would be a part of my life forever.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
My favorite subject is portraits especially strong female role models. I work with acrylics because my technique includes painting in layers as well as implement abstract themes. Lately I’ve also used Gold Leaf to add a bit of magic!
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I approach my subject by first creating a visual draft in the Canva app. The layout is important to organize my thoughts before I paint. After I have a blueprint I start sketching and painting layer by layer. The design always changes during the painting process and I always add new bold colors or gold leaf.Each one of my pieces has a story, an intention to align with the divinity in all of us. Every one of my paintings sparks a powerful journey into the soul and mind, a fabrication of one’s free will.
6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
I know this is going to sound typical but I’m inspired by Van Gogh. He had such an interesting life filled with adversity and inspiration. When you look at his art it’s like staring right into his mind and soul. My favorite piece from him is of course his self portrait.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
The best responses I’ve had about my work would be this one lady that wrote me saying she got back into painting because of me. That’s really the best gift is helping someone awaken their passions.
8. What do you like about your work?
For me the best thing I like about my work is that it’s very expressive, meaningful, and visually vibrant. Creating something out of nothing is truly magical.
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
The best advice I would give to artists is to keep learning and persevere. Don’t give up when it seems difficult because there are always going to be setbacks but it’s how you respond to it that matters. Instead ask yourself what is this teaching me?
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In 5-10 years I hope I can grow my business and continue doing my art. I would also like to inspire other people to do the same.