"My inspiration was definitely the quartz and large Apophyllite specimen that is in the middle of the cluster of stones on this painting. I found this Apophyllite piece at a gem and mineral show here in San Diego. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to use it in one of my paintings for my Elements Series. The Apophyllite is from the Jalgaon distinct in India, it has so many quartz points all grouped together on its original matrix which is the most valuable when it comes to the minerals and mineral specimens. I then wanted to further enhance that particular piece with more quartz points and quartz pieces which I then added around the large piece to make it really stand out and come together as a whole. I call this emerging due to how the actual quartz emerges from the earth in such a way to form these amazing points and how I wanted the top of the painting to resemble sky and the bottom to be the earth that the specimen comes out from. This painting has wonderful texture to make it look like lighting in the sky and roots in the earth that reflect brilliantly among the right angle and light of this painting. Bringing in many different components to this piece while almost being monochromatic. I wanted the texture of the painting and stones really come through and not make it too overwhelming and more contemporary with the simple colors." -Tesa Michaels
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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