Michelle Friars

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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.

Michelle Friars’ works can be seen at the Wronsky Textiles/Friars Art Studio, which is stop #23 on the 2022 VIVA Spring Art Studio Tour, May 7-8 & 14-15, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am – 5 pm.  For more information on the free, self-guided tour and an interactive map, click here.