About the Artist:
Born and raised in Austria/Europe, Michaela worked as a physical therapist for 10 years before her family immigrated to the US in 1989.
In 1995, living in the Pacific Northwest, she received a degree in landscape design, that let her combine her love for art and nature in her work. The first five years she exclusively designed gardens and landscapes, about 200 of them.
In 2000, moving to Kansas gave her the chance to concentrate on a relationship with the soil in a different way; she began working as a ceramic sculptor, influenced by the wide open spaces and the closeness to the land and the earth. As a result, she very early on was invited to join a group of McPherson artists, The Gallery, and started showing and selling her work in galleries throughout the area.
Michaela then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from McPherson College in 2005. During art classes her childhood love for painting returned. She started dividing her time between creating from clay and acrylic painting, eventually combining the two media and her experience as a therapist in her “Clay People.”
She has exhibited in many Kansas galleries in group and solo shows and also at the Smoky Hill river Festival in Salina. Her work is part of multiple private and corporate collections throughout the USA, Austria, and Germany.
Making art is a necessity for me. Call it therapy if you want to. All my life art has been my way of expressing spirituality, my connections to a higher power and my deep roots to the earth. Before I went to art school, I addressed my love for nature as a passionate gardener and landscape designer. While in arts school, out of the many possibilities of artistic expression, paining and ceramics conquered me. Not I am trying to conquer them.
It all started during a time of enormous personal loss and change. Seemingly, I needed to center myself by exploring the identity of others. My unwavering curiosity on the human psyche paired with my investigative eye and an acceptance or even relish for eccentricity are the driving force behind this work.
My paintings are visual stories or painted poems. I try to express my thought through symbols, the most important one being the eye. Our eyes are the gates to our souls. Eyes help us to see and to understand. To communicate this is very important to me. The intense colors are an expression of my personality, but they also are supposed to invite the view to linger and see the stories. It’s all about truth, especially about being true to yourself.