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Australian and International Wildlife and Nature paintings
 
Michelle is a nature artist living in Brisbane, Australia and is represented by Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane.

Growing up among the hinterland ranges and beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, Michelle was always surrounded by animals. Throughout her childhood, she spent a great deal of time at a neighbouring dairy farm, fascinated by a wildlife carer who looked after abandoned or injured sugar gliders and feather tail gliders, returning them to the local bush whenever possible.

Since then, Michelle has travelled extensively with her husband and children through Europe, North America, U.K., Japan and Australia which has greatly influenced her appreciation of the natural world and particularly the unique wildlife of Australia.

Michelle lives within close range of beautiful natural features such as coastal beaches, World Heritage-listed rainforests, mountain ranges and Moreton Bay with its whales, dugongs and dolphins.

While exploring her own country, Michelle has been fortunate to have had some wonderful wildlife encounters. She has swum among the corals and creatures of the Great Barrier Reef, walked among sea lion colonies on Kangaroo Island, sat with echidnas and wombats in the wilderness regions of Tasmania, seen a shingleback lizard in the outback, a lyrebird in the rainforest, dingoes on Fraser Island, witnessed mutton bird migration, penguins coming ashore to their nesting burrows from the sea, platypus in their natural creek habitat and wallabies in the Snowy Mountains. Once such connections are made with the natural world, one is never quite the same again - respect deepens and bonds form.

Michelle was a school teacher and has been involved in schools with art workshops and mural projects as Artist-in-Residence and with a World Vision student mentoring program. For many years, Michelle worked as a dance teacher and calligrapher and has painted numerous murals in private residences and illustrated music books.

'For me, to be working in a field that can be of such purpose and for which I have such a passion, is to truly find a place in the world. In the process of researching and creating a painting, I come to understand a little more about the animals, the synergy with their environment and begin to look at the world through different eyes... not only seeing the beauty in the majestic, but also the extraordinary in the ordinary.'

 
Support for Conservation:
Michelle is a life member of the Queensland Wildlife Artists Society and for many years was the society's editor, creating the newsletter which promotes many conservation issues and wildlife preservation organisations to members and supporting businesses.

Michelle supports a number of local, national and international conservation organisations including the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld, Wombat Protection Society of Australia, World Wildlife Fund, Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital, Australian Orangutan Project, Save the Bilby Fund and Wildlife Warriors, Australia Zoo.

As well as donating prints and paintings to groups such as the Wombat Protection Society of Australia and the Australian Orangutan Project as part of their National Art Exhibition, Michelle pledges percentages of sales through the AFC website.




 
Special Achievements:
  • 2015 -  Medal of Excellence for Outstanding achievement, Artists for Conservation

     
  • 2015 - Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association
    Front Cover artwork
     
  • 2014 - Skill Award
    http://www.lethbridgegallery.com
    Lethbridge 10000, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
     
  • 2012 - Best Small Works Award
    Queensland Wildlife Artists Society International Show, Logan Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
     
  • 2012 - People's Choice Award Winner
    Queensland Wildlife Artists Society, 'Circle of Life' exhibiton, Richard Randall Studio Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
     
  • 2011 - People's Choice Award Winner
    Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Wildlife Hospital - Queensland Wildlife Artists Society 'Wild Art for Wildlife' Exhibition
     
  • 2010 - Editor's Choice - Wildscape Magazine, U.K.
    http://www.wildscapemag.co.uk
    Winning painting used as front cover image of Wildscape Magazine, UK (Volume 10, Issue 3) as part of International Wildlife Art Exhibition, Qld Wildlife Artists Society (QWASI)
     
  • 2010 - People's Choice Award Winner
    Moreton Bay Art Awards, Pine Rivers Art Gallery
     
  • 2010 - First Prize Matt Campbell Award
    Arts Alliance Artsfest, Brisbane
     
  • 2010 - People's Choice Award Winner
    Australian Orangutan Project National Art Exhibition, 'Through Orangutan's Eyes'
     
  • 2010 - Best in Show
    Australian Orangutan Project National Art Exhibition, 'Through Orangutan's Eyes'
     
  • 2009 - First Prize Matt Campbell Award
    Arts Alliance Artsfest, Brisbane
     
  • 2008 - People's Choice Award Winner
    Gympie Gold Rush Art Competition, Gympie Regional Art Gallery
     
  • 2008 - Best in Show
    Arts Alliance Artsfest, Brisbane
     
  • 2008 - First Prize Pastel
    Arts Alliance Artsfest, Brisbane
     
  • 2008 - Lasting Impressions Gallery Encouragement Award - Highly Commended
    Kenilworth Celebrates! Art Competition
     
  • 2008 - Best in Show
    Matthew Flinders Art Prize, Bribie Island
     
  • 2008 - First Prize Oils
    Matthew Flinders Art Prize, Bribie Island
     
  • 2007 - First Prize Pastel
    Gympie Gold Rush Art Competition, Gympie Regional Art Gallery
     
  • 2007 - People's Choice Award Winner
    Gympie Gold Rush Art Competition, Gympie Regional Art Gallery
     
  • 2007 - Bronze Award Watercolour
    Wildlife Art@CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra
     
  • 2006 - Second Prize Native Australian Wildlife
    Royal National Show, Brisbane
     
Collections:

  • Michelle's paintings are found in private collections around Australia and internationally.
     
Publications:
  • Creative Artists Magazine, Australia (2017)
    Insight Article and Demonstrator Article  - 
     
  • Contemporary Wildlife Art book, USA (2015)
    Contributing Artist - 
    Published by: Schiffer Publishing
     
  • Artist's Palette Magazine - Feature Article (2010)
     - Feature Article (Edition 84) explaining Michelle's techniques in painting the eyes of animals, both wild and domestic.
    Author: Michelle Caitens
     
  • Artist's Palette Magazine - Demonstration Article (2008)
     - Demonstration Article (Edition 58) describing the step-by-step processes and techniques used in the completion of one of Michelle's paintings.
    Author: Trevor Lang
     
  • Artist's Palette Magazine - Feature Article (2008)
     - Feature Article (Edition 58) showing the first few paintings of Michelle's career and her transition from acrylic and watercolour paints to heat-set oil paints.
    Author: Michelle Caitens
     
Organization Membership:
  • Queensland Wildlife Artists Society Inc. - Life Member
    http://www.qwasi-wildlife.com

     
  • Arts Alliance Pine Rivers - Life Member

     
  • Queensland College of Teachers

     

 

 
 
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Australia 4035
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