Category Archives: My Inspiration

The Connection

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In the routine of working with my sculptures everyday in the studio I sometimes forget how a  sculpture or painting  evokes an emotional response in a viewer seeing it for the first time.  Every so often someone comes into my booth, or studio, and experiences a strong emotional reaction to a particular art piece of mine that speaks to them. At an outdoor show in San Francisco a young woman viewing my abstract paintings began weeping quietly with a sweet smile on her face. She connected strongly to a piece I had titled “The Present Moment is All There Is”. Her tears took me back to the very instant I felt my own emotional inspiration for the painting, and we had an amazing conversation about each of our lives and the connection we all have with each other.

Since then I have made it a practice to speak about the initial inspiration of each piece during shows and exhibitions.  Not just explain the process of creating the piece, but the “why”.  The why is really where the connection to each viewer lies.

So friends, I created “Grace” as a visual expression of what horses symbolize for me.  Grace, innocence, faith, compassion, forgiveness, freedom.

What do you see and feel when you view this sculpture?

Michelle

Visit my website to see more of my art!  www.mmackenziegallery.com

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Relationships

Art is about relationships in my opinion. The relationship an artist has with her subject matter, the relationship of elements in the composition itself, and the relationship the viewer has with the finished artwork. I’m sure I haven’t named them all!

My love of animals, especially horses, is an ongoing love affair that began when I was around the age of 4 and first sat atop our neighbor’s paint horse, Lilly. Lilly knew she had a rube on her back and proceeded to brush me off on a low hanging tree limb. I didn’t take it personally, and began riding daily until my confidence grew and Lilly came to respect me. Horse lovers out there will tell you horses have much to teach us, and I agree!

My sculptures express my lifelong

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fascination with the spirit, beauty and grace of horses.

The Best is Yet to Come

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Welcome to my blog! I hope to open the doors to my studio and provide a pinch of what it is like to be a full time sculpting artist. The creative process is unique to each artist, and that is the beauty of it really.
What inspires me, what compels me to create (and yes, I am compelled!) what concept begs to be explored? Sometimes it’s obvious, other times forces beyond my control dictate my choices. Most of the time I am just simply celebrating the beauty and grace of my spirit animal, the horse.
All the while, I am truly grateful to be “living my dream”!
Thanks for coming along…
Michelle
http://www.mmackenziegallery.com