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About the art

Exploring Majestic Landscapes to Uncover Treasured Memories

A fine art landscape mirrors the natural beauty sculpted by the hands of Mother Nature and painted with her unrivaled color palette one finds only in the great outdoors. Whether painting in plein air or in the studio, my goal is to not just represent this splendor in my work, but to capture the soul she breathes into every scene.

To me, each landscape piece is a scrapbook, soundtrack and storyteller, capturing my memories as well as those of everyone who crosses its path. No matter how and where we grew up, we’re all connected through nature and the memories we associate with it. By painting outdoors next to my fellow artists and interacting with my audience, we explore the scene as one, traveling the back roads, rivers and mountains together to build a deeper appreciation for the beauty around us and the unique experiences of each individual.

As much as I focus on the most eye-catching and recognizable features of a landscape, I also hope to uncover the hidden beauty we often miss. By catching the light as it filters through the leaves at sun up and sundown, the subtle dance of shadows in the fields, the comingling of warm and cool colors as the seasons changes – I strive to find a balance of both calm and excitement. We may not be able to articulate what makes the scene resonate with us, but subconsciously, we are pulled in to explore further, wandering through the scene to get lost in the serenity that surrounds us.

Each piece I paint, whether a cityscape or natural landscape, is truly an invitation – to encourage each person to step inside the scene and step back into a memorable time in their lives.

Michele Wells plein air painting

About the artist

Landscape Artist Michele Wells – Fine Art Inspired by Nature

Wells, a St. Louis-based artist and gallery owner, has long connected nature with emotion. She always had a deep love and talent for art, receiving her art degree from Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia, but life sent her in other directions – as a horse trainer, nationally renowned competitive dancer, and finally as a professional electrician. In 1999, she revisited the art of her youth, finding in pastel painting an outlet to express her feelings and to capture those of others. Over the years, painting has become Wells' career and focus.
Michele Wells pastel teacher

Honors

2015

Steelville Plein Air: 

Honorable Mention- Paint Onondaga State Park
Honorable Mention- Paint Cooks Station
Second Place- Paint anywhere in the county
Honorable Mention- Paint Steelville

Callaway Plein Air- First Place/ Best of Show

Missouri Valley Impressionist Society's Annual show- Award of Merit

Augusta MO. Plein air: 

Peoples Choice Winner
Honorable Mention- Paint Montelle Winery
Purchase Prize- Washington Paint the Sunset
Second Place- Pastel category
Third Place- Mixed Media category

2014

3 paintings accepted into the 2014 Puget Sound Juried Open Fine Art Exhibition. An online show from Washington State.

3 paintings accepted to the "Randy Higbee Gallery 6” Squared Exhibition and Sale" in California

Parkville In Art, plein air event: First Place- Mixed Media, Honorable Mention- pastel category

Carthage Missouri Maple Leaf Plein Air- Second Place

2014 Illinois River Salon- 2 paintings accepted and one of 5 merit award recipients.

Saint Genevieve MO. Plein Air: Best of Show- Watercolor/ Pastel

Dockside Paint-out, Door County Plein Air- Second Place

Steeleville, MO Plein Air:
Paint anywhere day- Honorable Mention
Paint Steeleville day- Purchase Prize

Gateway Pastel Artists Annual Show:- Best of Show

Queeny Art Fair: The “Artmart Award of Recognition” for Two Dimensional Art by a Greater St. Louis Artist.

Webster Groves Plein Air- Old Webster Neighborhood Award

Augusta MO. Plein Air:
Honorable Mention- Nobelies Sunset
Honorable Mention- Chandler Hill Invitational
Purchase Prize- Brinkmann Private Estate
First Place- Pastel category
First Place- Mixed Media category

2013

Richmond Heights Art Fair- Best of Show

Augusta MO. Plein Air:
First Place – Mixed Media category
Second Place- Pastel category

2012

Accepted into IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) Online show

St. Genevieve MO. Plein Air event
Purchase Prize- Evening Paint Out on Main
Best of Show- Pastel/ watercolor

Wildwood Lodge/ Steeleville MO Plein Air Event.- Best of Show

Augusta MO. Plein Air:
Honorable Mention- Private estate paint-out.
Second Place- Pastel category
Honorable mention- Pastel category