Artist Statement

   Michele Foster graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Art and English Journalism, and started her creative career as a corporate Graphic Designer. She expanded her artistic reach by starting her own Freelance Graphic Art business in her "spare time". After a work hiatus to raise her family, she returned to her art with a passion. 
   Michele enjoys experimenting with different mediums including oil, oil sticks, acrylic and mixed media. Each medium contains a different character which allows her to choose the one that will best express her artistic vision. She freely admits that "the nature of my work varies from time to time, from oil and acrylic to collage and mixed media" but stresses that "one thing always remains the same; my work always includes two of my favorite things, color and texture.” Lately Michele has been using oil sticks on board or panels to create her new abstracts. She focuses on seascapes or landscapes and florals, with “the idea to break down shapes using design and composition”. To achieve the richness and depth of her images, Michele says she “builds layers with color, and then (will) scrape, scratch, stamp” or otherwise expose the substrata of colors.
   Foster creates ethereal images that draws one’s attention and unleashes one’s imagination to ponder her stripped down landscapes. Regardless of the specifics, her color depth, compositional balance, and the surprising details within the image all work together to create an uplifting piece, containing a sense of life and energy.