Directory profile: Michele Combs
"Painting provides a life long opportunity to pursue artistic perfection and the satisfaction of possibly achieving some semblance of it."
I’m an impressionist, landscape oil painter. I love filling my canvas with color and thick paint. Though I am drawn to a variety of subjects, my favorite subject is landscape. It evolved out of my love of the plein air painting process. I paint scenes of the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota and beyond. I have also had the opportunity to spend time abroad creating collections of France, Italy, and currently China.
Painting has become a way of cataloging my life. Each painting is a small representation of what I’m drawn to, where I’ve been, and what I’ve experienced. My inspiration includes natural beauty, visual intrigue, memories, and relationships between people and their environments. As I attempt to capture the beauty of a scene my sense of place intensifies and time disappears. I truly become engaged.
Painting is challenging, as well as calming. I enjoy the process and the experience of sharing it with others through teaching. I love when people connect to and enjoy my paintings. I’m thankful for my skills as an artist. The more I grow artistically, the more my gratitude increases. My life long goal is to deepen my understanding of what makes a masterpiece and to evolve into the best painter I can be.
My paintings can be found in private and corporate collections.