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Michelle Calkins

Holland, MI

In my work I emphasize quality, integrity and spontaneity. Since childhood I have found solace in the creation of art. It is my gift and I try not to waste it. My influences are Edward Hopper, Andy Goldsworthy, ants, snails, and people who paint things on the head of a pin. I am especially impressed with artists who create impermanent art, like sand painters or a musician who creates a unique piece of art each time he sings a song. It exists for that moment and then it is gone again. My media of choice are oil painting, sculpture and photography. Lately I’ve been borrowing from one discipline to give to another making each one stronger! Having been a professional picture framer since 1990, the presentation aspect of the art world is always on my mind. A great frame can do wonders. Owning Four Corners Framing Company in Holland, Michigan since 1999 has afforded me a front row seat to many types & styles of art. It has been a great & constant inspiration and keeps me on my art toes.

Michelle's ArtPrize Entries

These are Michelle's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Seasonal Birches

    Seasonal Birches

    2014 ArtPrize Entry Michelle Calkins
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  • Photo of Lake Michigan Triptych

    Lake Michigan Triptych

    2013 ArtPrize Entry Michelle Calkins
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  • Photo of Collage Color Study 64

    Collage Color Study 64

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Michelle Calkins
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  • Photo of Reconstructing Fences

    Reconstructing Fences

    2011 ArtPrize Entry Michelle Calkins
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