If you have been to our showroom you know that the walls of EcoHome Studio are dressed with the inspired work of local artists. We take pride in being able to showcase the work of these artists and help them gain exposure in our community, not to mention we love being surrounded by their beautiful pieces everyday. Caren-Marie Michel is new to our showroom and is the perfect artist to launch our Artist of the Month Program! Below is some more information about Caren and images of her work.
Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Caren-Marie Michel’s work explores the urban, industrial, and pastoral images of Maine and documents the ever-changing landscape in paint. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Michel often portrays a location through series capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. Michel is President of the Pastel Painters of Maine and past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.
Michel studied painting with Esther Barney in Portland, Maine for six years and earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art in 1978 (now Maine College of Art) where she studied with Bill Collins, Ed Douglas and Johnnie Ross. Michel returned to painting and exhibiting in 2000 after a sixteen year banking career. Her work has been selected for juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Washington. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery at USM-LA, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery and the College of the Atlantic. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images.
In 2008, Michel was commissioned to paint three large landscape paintings for the new Mercy Hospital Fore River building’s main lobby in Portland, Maine. In 2013, her work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. In 2013, her first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Michel is represented by North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. She is a member of the Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook, Maine.
The artwork shown is available for purchase at EcoHome Studio. For more information about Caren-Marie Michel or her artwork please call EcoHome at 899-0390, visit the showroom, or visit Michel’s personal website www.carenmariemichel.com.