Michelle Courier

American Art Collector - - Artists Focus -

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"

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