Michelle Holman
Class of 2017
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Texarkana, Texas New York, New York

Michelle Holman was born and raised in East Texas. Holman is an artist who creates large scale oil painted portraits that stylistically use irregular paint application mixed with controlled brushstrokes and refined areas. She also experiments with different types of art mediums. She attended Oklahoma State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting in December of 2014. Michelle interned at ULAE on Long Island, NY and has exhibited works in New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas.

<p>I am intrigued by the human figure. The face and its features are what I find most compelling about a person. I paint four by four foot large faces with an expressive style and emphasis on color. I apply irregular, sloppy paint thick or thinned down and drippy paint to create visual appeal. Some facial features are defined, while others are loosely represented. The eyes are the focal point and the most detailed portion of the portraits. I am interested in both representing the essence of a person through portraiture, but am also equally intrigued in investigating the physical nature of paint through stylistic exploration.</p>
Michelle Holman, class of 2017

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