Denver-based artist Michelle Courier will be heading out to her beloved Lake Tahoe July 1 for three weeks. She will be visiting the galleries that represent her nearby for shows. She will be at Art Obsessions in Truckee, California, on July 7 and Pacific Crest Gallery in South Lake Tahoe on July 14. She will be bringing new paintings representing Lake Tahoe from her home base, Westward Gallery.
Courier will also be searching for new hikes to take photos for new work when she heads home to her Denver studio. “I have the best of both worlds being in Colorado and California and consider myself blessed to be able to hike and paint the vision I see to share with others,” she says. “I want everyone to see what I see and also to be able to somehow feel the time of day and temperature. I look for a feeling of light and that moment of, ‘Wow! I need to share this!’”
Painting enables Courier to create the feeling much more than her photographs do, yielding a painting that is very photorealistic from 10 feet or farther away and very impressionistic up close with dancing brushstrokes. “I use my photographs as the structure for the painting, but as we all know that feeling of ‘the photograph just didn’t capture what I saw,’ but in painting I can capture the essence,” Courier explains.
Michelle Courier in front of Tahoe Water Babies, acrylic, 12 by 12 inches.
Summer Lake, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48"
Sand Harbor, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40"