For me, the joy of being an artist is the surprise and magic, the liveliness of a painting or print when it takes on a life of its own.
In recent years, I have worked almost exclusively in monotype printmaking. I apply inks onto a plexiglass plate and add feathers, leaves, packing materials, etc. to create painterly textures.
I apply the inks with whatever I can get my hands on -- brushes, brayers, sticks, combs, my fingers -- then transfer the work from plate to paper by running it through the press.
I love the freedom that printmaking has given me using black and white, color, geometric and amorphous shapes. I set no limitations.
See Michael Paglia’s “Westword” review of Michaele’s work here.
Video - Artist: Michaele Keyes