Michelle Friars

Artist Statement

My background as an art historian specializing in medieval and 14th century Italian art left me with a love of narrative and a particular fascination with tales of mystery and the miraculous. Although my own subject matter is very different, I try to reflect that sensibility in my art.

I work primarily with carbon pencil, charcoal and pan pastel because I love the graphic nature of black and white and the uncluttered way this allows the expression of ideas. For me, drawings are an end in themselves, not merely a step on the way to painting.

I am a graduate of Columbia University and of the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy in Seattle. My drawings and photographs have appeared in galleries and museums across the US.