Tulsa, OK (PRWEB) May 10, 2004
American Artist Michelle Firment Reid launches her new gallery website at http://www.michellefirmentreid.com feauturing paintings and sculpture for her upcoming show titled "Women and Tornadoes".
One could say Michelle Firment Reid received her art training at a very young age, influenced by the art and culture around her. Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1968 she spent a well traveled childhood overseas due to her father's employment. Her mother, an artist at the time, would take Michelle to the Musee du Louvre and the Musee d'Orangerie in Paris on a regular basis.
Her family later moved to a suburb of Washington D.C., and it was in this environment where she tuned her creative skills while surrounded by a fine web of art, culture and politics.
Michelle received a BFA in 1991 from The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. During her high school and college years she was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency in their Dept. of Science and Technology where she worked in Graphic Design and Disguise. Her experience at the CIA helped generate her interest in global issues as well as refine her artistic skills. While attending Corcoran she participated in a student group collaboration titled "Forgetting", with well known unconventional and political artist Mel Chin. This interaction with Mel Chin also influenced her art direction. After graduating Michelle apprenticed under D.C. sculptor and artist Joan Danziger. She has since moved to the Midwest where she has resided for several years, working in a studio next to her home.
Throughout the past 18 years Michelle's work has included painting, sculpture, poetry, printmaking and photography, a true mixed medium approach.
"My passion is in painting and feeling the movement of the brush against a newly primed canvas. I enjoy the use of color, movement, and really working the paint. I love experimenting and layering the paint, then using a palette knife to reveal surfaces underneath Â a welcome surprise. My themes have ranged from current events, the human form, landscapes, women, tornadoes, and human rights. In my studio you will find works which deal with paint in an expressive form, as well as works which reveal issues that impact individuals on a daily basis."
Women and Tornadoes
Coming June 3rd
Painting and Sculpture by American Artist
Michelle Firment Reid
June 3 - July 12 at Floating World Gallery
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