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Meet Michelle Jean Barron

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Jean Barron.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Three years ago, I gathered the art supplies I had in my home and sat down to create. The product of a quiet afternoon resulted in a painting that won an art contest on Minted, and heralded the beginning of a life changing journey for me.

Leaving our corporate jobs and embarking on a honeymoon of over 8 months traveling through Europe and the UK, my husband and I traveled with only our bicycles and whatever we could carry with us. As we enjoyed life’s simplicity and living in the moment, I gained clarity and insight – no matter what, I wanted to pursue my passion for art, and share that love with others. Since we have returned from our trip, I have been putting all my energy into my passions, my art, expressing myself, creating… following my dreams.

Please tell us about your art.
My mind runs with a million ideas at once, tumbling over each other and tangling in their effort to get out. This serves to explain my love for different mediums and materials, as they allow a full spectrum of feelings, textures and outcomes to be achieved depending on mood and method, as well as endless experimentation.

Self-taught, I am constantly learning, and draws my inspiration from all that surrounds me, both the spectacular and the quiet beauty in the mundane. I believe it’s possible to find inspiration anywhere and in anything, and to allow the universe to utilize you as a conduit by which to express itself. With this philosophy in mind, I don’t overthink my art, but rather allows it to flow naturally and intuitively, to achieve an expression of feeling.

My goal is to create art which evokes emotion in people – sometimes calming, sometimes mysterious, and sometimes erotic. Art as a means of expression tells a story that words cannot. The visual aspect allows a singular interpretation for each individual with a nuance that can only be felt by the beholder as a result of their own perception. For people to simply feel, rather than seek to analyze or understand, is the desired outcome – not everything requires figuring out.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I recently came across a quote online, “The art you don’t care if anyone likes or not, that is the art you must make” – Ange Miller. Art is an expression for yourself. I create from emotions within that need to escape onto the canvas. This is so important to me, remaining true to yourself.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I post most of my work online, IG @michellejeanstudio and on my website
I also host pop up shops and have some pieces in local business and galleries around San Diego.

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Image Credit:
Michelle Jean Studio

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