Artist Statement

Horses have a special place in my heart and I will always paint them. A horse exhibits a life force unlike any other animal. The gaze in a horse’s eye can radiate such grace while its’ movement can display instinct and power. It is euphoric to recreate equine life in a painting that will show these characteristics to others.

I paint because it gives me great joy and often I feel that the painting unfolds from my hand of its own accord. Painting brings me an inner calm. In my paintings, it is my goal to portray the horse’s essence and give attention to the details; for example mane set, tail flow, and eye expression.

I prefer mixing watercolor and pastel because of the intensity watercolors will give combined with the added richness and texture of pastels. My paintings, as I have been told, capture a sense of ‘aliveness’ and reality. Blending watercolor and pastels allows me to bring yet more life to my paintings, because each of these mediums reflects the light differently, and when combined creates a synergistic result.

 

Biographical Information

Michele lives and grew up in the beautiful Northwest. She discovered her love of creating art as a child. She would sit in her horse’s pasture sketching for hours, trying to capture her mare’s essence on paper.

Michele has studied under many acclaimed artists. One of these was American Academy of Women Artists acclaimed Catherine Gill of Ravenna, Washington.

One of the many juried shows that Michele’s art has been accepted into is ‘Equine Art’, hosted by Washington Thoroughbred Breeding Association at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington. She has received two first place and one-second place awards, just since 2000.

Michele’s popular painting, ‘Freedom’, seen here, received the ‘Viewer’s Choice’ award at the North Kitsap Arts Fair at Port Gamble, Washington in 2005.

Her art has been featured at fundraisers for: PONCHO, Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer, Kitsap Humane Society, and ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

 

Michele Soderstrom: Resumé

AWARDS
2005
Second Place, Mixed Media, Equine Art 2005, Washington Thoroughbred Racing Association, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2004 First Place, Watercolor Division, Equine Art 2004, WTBA, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2004
People’s Choice Award, North Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival, Port Gamble, WA
2000
First Place Watercolor Division, Equine Art 2000, WTBA, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
EDUCATION
2003
Mixing watercolor and pastel, Catherine Gill, La Conner, WA
2002
American Academy of Women Artists Workshop, Teller Wildlife Refuge, MO
2001
Using color in watercolor, Catherine Gill, Prat Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
2001
Watercolor workshop, Catherine Gill, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
1997
Associate Degree in French and Humanities/Social Science
Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR
1992
Special Effects - Film & Theatre make-up Complections, London School of Make-Up, Toronto, Canada
1984
Classical Dressage Studies, Working Student Program Fulmer International School of Equitation, Aiken, SC
EXHIBITIONS
2006
The Gallery, Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, Bainbridge Island, WA
2004 Art Walk, Bainbridge Island, WA
2004
Solo Show, Pegasus Coffee House Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2003
Solo Show, The Bank Vault Gallery, Waterville, WA
2003
Solo Show, Pegasus Coffee House Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2003
Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle, WA
2002
Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle, WA
2001 Art Walk, Benson's Restaurant, Poulsbo, WA
2000 Art Walk, Bohem's Chocolates, Poulsbo, WA
1999 Art Walk, Bainbridge Island, WA
1999 Chelsea Art Walk, Paula Barr Gallery, NY, NY
EQUESTRIAN EVENTS
2004 Young Riders Benefit Horse Trials, Donida Farm, Auburn, WA
2003 Equestrian’s Institute Benefit Horse Trials, Donida Farm, Auburn, WA
2003 Whidbey Island Pony Club Horse Trials, Whidbey Island, WA
2003 The Bainbridge Classic Hunter Jumper Show, Bainbridge Island, WA
2003 Camas Meadows Horse Trials, Yelm, WA
2002 Young Riders Benefit Horse Trials, Donida Farm, Auburn, WA
2002 Whidbey Island Pony Club Horse Trials, Whidbey Island, WA
2002 Equestrian’s Institute Benefit Horse Trials, Donida Farm, Auburn, WA
2002 Rainier Equestrian Center Fall Gala, Rainier, WA
2002 United States Dressage Federation Area VI Championships, Emerald Downs, WA
2002 Bainbridge Island Music and Arts Festival, Bainbridge Island, WA
2001 Bainbridge Island Pony Club Horse Trials, Bainbridge Island, WA
PUBLICATION
2005 Washington Thoroughbred, Cover, May Issue
2001 Companion Horse Magazine, Cover Story, Spring Issue
DISPLAY
2005 The Streamliner Diner, Bainbridge Island, WA
2004 The Harbour Public House, Bainbridge Island, WA
2003 Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA
2003 Clark Chiropractic, Silverdale, WA
2000 Custom Printing, Bainbridge Island, WA
1998-2004 Stocker Chiropractic, Bainbridge Island, WA
JURIED SHOWS
2005 Equine Art 2005, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2004 Equine Art 2004, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2003 Equine Art 2003, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2003 Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, Port Gamble, WA
2002 Equine Art 2002, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2002 North Kitsap Arts and Crafts Show, Port Gamble, WA
2001 Equine Art 2001, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2000 Equine Art 2000, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
EMPLOYMENT IN THE ARTS
2004 Auction For The Arts, Bainbridge Island, WA
2004 Pacific Science Center, Horse of Course special exhibition, Seattle, WA
2003- 2004 Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
2000 The 2000 Parade of Homes, Poulsbo, WA
1999-2003 Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Apprenticeship, Seattle, WA
1999 The Porcelain Company, Bainbridge Island, WA
1998 Personal Computer Mentor, Bainbridge Island, WA
1998 Stoney Acre Farm, Bainbridge Island, WA
FUNDRAISER DONATIONS
2006 PONCHO Invitational Only Fine Art Auction, Seattle, WA
2005 The Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, Seattle, WA
2004 ABC’s Extreme Makeover; Home Edition, Episode 12, Season 2, Kingston, WA
2004 Seattle Men’s Chorus and Women's Chorus ‘Just Art’ Auction/Benefit Fund-raiser, Seattle, WA
2003 Seattle Men’s Chorus Annual Auction/Benefit Fundraiser, Seattle, WA
2002 ANZA Annual Melbourne Cup Celebration, Emerald Downs, Auburn, WA
2002 Young Rider’s Benefit Horse Trials, Donida Farms, Auburn, WA
2002 Seattle Men’s Chorus Annual Auction/Benefit Fundraiser, Seattle, WA
2001 Amy Lind Cancer Fund Auction/Benefit, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, WA

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