Specialties: Multimedia, Painting, Ceramics, Jewelry
As a middle-schooler I remember sitting in shop class thinking about the internal workings of a ‘simple machine’…the manual pencil sharpener bolted to the wall at the front of the classroom. We were learning drafting (technical drawing for design and building) and were to look for items to examine and then translate into a mechanical drawing. It was in that classroom that my artistic . . . and technical, path began. I feel these aspects of the technical overlap in my artistic work, be it; stoneware to porcelain, realism watercolor paintings to hand-weaving, to artisan jewelry.
My work reflects who I am. I care about attention to detail and the nostalgic. I adore texture and pattern, weathered metal/brick, antique buttons and wax seals. I am especially drawn to the subjects of architecture, fish and vintage automobiles. I also draw inspiration from my time spent at home in New Mexico and the southern San Juan mountains of Colorado.
Most importantly, I am interested in integrating these elements, inspirations, subjects and surface into my work using various media and techniques.
Michelle Arterburn is a native of Denver, Colorado, who now resides in New Mexico. She studied engineering and studio art at the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Arizona. In 2001, she began her career as a full-time artist. Michelle is a clay artist, painter and weaver who incorporates detailed imagery into art. She has received various awards from artists groups such as: Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Hand Weavers Guild of Pueblo, CO, and the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces, NM.
Michelle is currently working on commissioned artwork, upcoming exhibitions and her popular line of porcelain/stoneware tiles and artisan jewelry.