Artist Statement: Carol Michaud
I build narrative art characterized by everyday people, places and
objects based mostly on the Schoodic Peninsula in Maine. Stories
are harvested from the sea and the community. The process begins
long before the brush hits the canvas. I build a story over time
incorporating considerable research and the collection of stories,
epherma and photographs. I paint with oils, encaustics and mixed
media collage. I focus on light, texture and color to evoke feelings
and memories. Plein air oil painting grants me the opportunity to
create an atmospheric snapshot.
I relish the process of building a story. When I undertake a project I
enjoy daily progress to merge the visual and the narrative. I know
the piece is complete when my initial response is to the condition of
the light and color.
When people see my work I'd like for them to be excited to share
their feelings about the work and their stories and ideas.