"This painting was inspired by a day in the mountains when it is mid day and the summer light hits the clouds and water just right where it creates a glow around the clouds and among the top of the river. It’s one of those little moments in time where it hits just right and it just glows and sings.
I wanted to keep this painting more monochromatic to capture the simplicity of the stones and painting to give more of a calm, zen like feeling.
The sky on this painting comes from when I was painting in my mountain studio when I randomly glanced up out the window at the clouds. WOW……I saw the sun hit these clouds and how they were arranged and jumped up from painting to run upstairs on the balcony to capture these clouds at that moment. They were amazing. I then went back down stairs and painted this sky as soon as I could. Great timing. It was fun as an artist to have such a great view in order to capture those amazing skies." -Tesa Michaels
Agate: Protection, Strength, Harmony. Agate’s most noticeable properties overall are balancing yin/yang energy, courage, protection, healing, and calming.
Agate is a stone of strength. It was used by the Ancients on the breastplates of armor to give warriors strength and make them victorious in battle. Energetically, it is considered to give strength in both battle and physically.
Agate enhances creativity and strengthens the intellect, making it a beneficial stone for both students and artists. It is also known as a good luck stone. As a stone of harmony, one of the things agate does is balance yin/yang energy. Agate increases energy. However, because it is a grounding stone, it does not increase energy at all times, but rather enables bursts of energy as needed. In this way, agate is a conservation stone, and enhances longevity.
Marble – a “Metamorphic” rock, which means that it began its existence as another type of stone – usually limestone, and was changed into its present form and composition by various geological forces. It can be found in remarkable colors that vary from pure white and slightly translucent to black, being sometimes yellow, red, brown and green, frequently beautifully veined or clouded.
Marble is said to have a cleansing effect, beneficial for one’s blood and skin. It’s used extensively in Homeopathy and Naturotherapy as a balancing agent, said to enhance one’s serenity. It is considered to provide clarity and mastery of thought which makes it beneficial for states of meditation and contemplation. It is also said to allow for total recall of dreams.
As an artist Tesa is inspired by nature’s abundant landscape. “In my ‘Elements Series’ of abstracts, the semi-precious stones are my inspiration. I am so intrigued by them. They are like snowflakes; not one is the same as another. They are formed by the earth and are old, beautiful and so unique. I love them all. However, I am quite partial to Amethyst, Quartz rough crystals and Agate. The stones are so diverse in their energy and spiritual properties, and their colors and textures. To me they are precious treasures that I want to combine with my art to highlight their beauty in a unique way.”
Tesa Michaels was artistically gifted at a young age, stating “I began to draw first, rather than write. As a fourth generation artist, my great grandpa, grandma, and mother passed on their artistic talents to me.
“I have always been immersed in creativity, constantly finding inspiration while my family has always inspired and encouraged me to be a professional artist. At the age of 12, I painted my first oil painting, and at age 17 I was accepted in my first national show.”
Tesa studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at The Art Institute of Colorado where she earned her degree. Tesa worked in the graphic design field for some time; in printing, as an Art Director for a health products company and in advertising at J. Walter Thompson as an Art Director working on Ford commercials. After some time Tesa re-discovered her roots as a Fine Artist and picked up oils and found her true niche calling. “As an artist I am so passionate about each piece and have so much fun creating art. I learn from every piece I do and I have more ideas than I do time. I have constant creative thoughts running through my head at all times that I only wish I had more time to accomplish what I would like.”
Ms. Michaels is also a member of Mixed Media Artists International and Society of Mixed Media Artists (SoMMA).
Adelman Fine Art is pleased to represent Tesa Michaels and share her talent with collectors worldwide.
Q & A
AFA: What is your favorite semi-precious stone?
TM: “Amethyst, because I resonate with its energy so much.”
AFA: Who is your favorite artist?
“Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin Church. They were masters of the Hudson River School
. That whole era really resonates with me and my work!”
AFA: What inspires you?
TM: “Nature! You’ll find that landscapes and skies are in most of my pieces.”
AFA: Where (geographically) is the best place to be inspired?
TM: “Australia. I’ve been there twice and I pull from a lot of pictures of beaches to paint. Sunsets only, no sunrises! Otherwise, Colorado, because I love the mountains.”
AFA: What music do you listen to while painting?
TM: “I’m a country gal first, but I love my 80’s hairbands! Poison, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, etc…”
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