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Representational oil paintings of wildlife
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Michelle McCune, DVM - Artist, Conservationist, Veterinarian

Michelle McCune was born with a passion for natural places and wildlife.

In 1994, while completing her veterinary degree, she traveled to Namibia with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Here she learned about the benefits of a well rounded conservation program and her passion for Africa was ignited. She and her husband travelled to Zimbabwe in 1998 and she then visited Kenya in 2008 on an artist's safari with John Banovich. She also visited South Africa in 2012 and again with her family in 2014. She and her family have also traveled to Costa Rica numerous times.

Michelle began painting in 2001. Utilizing photo references from her trips to Namibia and Zimbabwe as inspiration, a wildlife painter was born. In order to expand her personal abilities, Michelle attends an informal class with a group of friends weekly and workshops whenever possible. She has studied with Terry Isaac and Susan Labouri, John Banovich, John and Suzi Seerey-Lester, Jan Martin McGuire, and Guy Combes, and Greg Beecham. She has been fortunate enough to have studied with some of these fabulous artists multiple times!

Michelle uses her work to capture a moment of time. Her knowledge of animal anatomy and behavior from her veterinary studies allows her to portray the animal accurately and with emotion. She only paints from her own references in order to instill the passion she felt at that moment into the piece. Her vision is for her artwork to stimulate and inspire others to support conservation efforts.

She was accepted as a Signature Member into the Artists For Conservation in 2007 and is very excited to be part of this incredible group of dedicated and talented artists. She has shown her work in the 2008, 2012, and 2014 AFC Shows and has received many awards at art shows including Best of Show, Best 2-D artist, People's Choice Awards, and Purchase Awards. Her work has been published in the 2008, 2012, and 2014 Artists For Conservation exhibition books as well as appearing on the cover of the September 15, 2013 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA).

Support for Conservation:
A portion of all sales will benefit conservation groups. Michelle supports the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the Soysambu Conservancy, the African Wildlife Foundation, the Rainforest Alliance, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. As a veterinarian, she routinely treats injured wildlife as a public service.

Special Achievements:
  • 2014 - Purchase Awards
    September 2014 recipient of multiple Purchase Awards at the Mundelein Arts festival
  • 2013 - Cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
    "Nathan's koi" was chosen as the cover image for the September 15, 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • 2013 - Purchase Award
    Recipient of 3 purchase awards at the 2013 Mundelein Arts festival.
  • 2012 - People's Choice Awards
    November 2012 Received the People's Choice Award for "Spotlight on the King" at the Starline Gallery, Harvard, Illinois.

    August 2012 Received the People's Choice Award for "Royal Repose" at the Starline Gallery, Harvard, Illinois.

    March 2012 Received the People's Choice Award for "Mama's Got This" at the Starline Gallery, Harvard, Illinois
  • 2012 - Best 2-D Artist
    September 2012 Awarded Best 2-D artist at the Mundelein Arts Festival as well as recipient of 2 purchase awards
  • 2012 - Artists for Conservation Show
    "Mbogo" the formidable piece depicting a close-up of a Cape buffalo bull was shown at the AFC Show at the Grouse Mountain Resort
  • 2011 - Purchase Award
    Received Purchase Award at the Mundelein Arts Festival
  • 2011 - Best of Show - Art in the Barn, Barrington
    Received Best of Show from over 170 artists at the 37th annual Art in the Barn, Barrington, IL. Cannot express my appreciation!
  • 2009 -  Artistry and Veterinary Medicine
    Five pieces were exhibited in this show to benefit research on Rift Valley Fever
  • 2008 - Artists For Conservation Show
    "Contemplation" a portrayal of a white-faced capuchin monkey was on exhibit in the first annual AFC show
  • 2007 - International Exhibition of Animals In Art
    Two pieces were featured in this show, Eyes of Progress and The Patriarch


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