Sam Michelle has been painting for over 17 years but only recently was she able to leave her successful career in finance and proudly call herself a full time artist.
Sam will be bringing her floral works to the Dromana Art Show this month and apart from peonies, her other specialty is the female form.
Like many artists she finds inspiration everywhere, but nature and beaches in particular help her tap into her artistic side.
This made international plus-size model Laura Wells a perfect choice for Sam’s recent portrait entry into the Black Swan Prize in Perth.
Laura Wells is an environmental scientist and founder of non-profit organisation Ocean Advocates and is especially outspoken when it comes to the protection the Great Barrier Reef.
You may have heard of Wells recently when she was involved in a media ‘debate’ about whether or not she qualified as a plus-size model.
Her response was that, yes she does (size 14), but this is her healthy and natural weight and it is the negative connotation surrounding the plus-size label that we need to change.
Sam found that not only is Laura Wells an example of the beauty of the female form that has always been her muse, but they share the connection to our natural world and a desire to protect it that comes through in both their professional lives.
Sam Michelle’s art will be available to purchase at the Dromana Art Show, which begins on October 30, along with the work of other talented artists such as Jean Sheridan and Christian Gundesen.
Dromana Art Show
Oct 30 – Nov 1
A: Dromana Primary School,
McCulloch Street, Dromana