Michelle Gazely is a Canadian artist based in the beautiful Bulkley Valley in northern British Columbia. Born in Vancouver, her formative years were spent in Langley, where Mr. Dressup's drawing demonstrations and her Mom's phone doodles inspired her.
She received a Fine Arts Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from Capilano University. After graduation, she spent fifteen years working as a graphic designer and four years working as a commercial photographer.
In 2014, she moved with her family to a little log cabin on acreage in northern BC. Inspired by this new landscape of bright aspen forests and snowy winters, she picked up her paint brushes and began to paint. She found her way back to her childhood dream of becoming a fine artist.
She sat on the Board of Directors at Smithers Art Gallery from 2015 - 2017. She now volunteers as an Exhibition Coordinator at Smithers Art Gallery. She shares her passion for art through teaching.
"I love to paint with harmonized colour palettes, bold brush strokes, intuitive pencil squiggles and marks. I am an oil painter but I spent a year playing with acrylic paints. I discovered the beauty of collaging, stencilling, layering and wiping away. I have incorporated these techniques into my oil painting practice. Giving the viewer little visual surprises thrills me. Playing with my paints fills a curiosity in me like nothing else does."
2019 out of the blooms, The Station House Gallery, Williams Lake, BC
2018 landscapes + blooms, Terrace Art Gallery, Terrace, BC
2016 Wilds of Walcott Road, Smithers Art Gallery, Smithers, BC
2019 Art Exhibition, Pleasant Valley Plaza, Houston, BC
2018 Bulkley Valley Artisan's Tour, Smithers/Telkwa, BC
2017 What's Your Story: Canada 150+, Smithers Art Gallery, Smithers BC
2017 Members' Show, Smithers Art Gallery, Smithers, BC
2016 6x6 Art Auction, Smithers Art Gallery, Smithers, BC
2014 6x6 Art Auction, Smithers Art Gallery, Smithers, BC
2015 - 2019 Artist
2015 - 2018 Art Instructor, Smithers Art Gallery
2006 - 2018 Freelance Graphic Designer
2012 - 2016 Freelance Commercial Photographer
2002 - 2005 Graphic Designer, Northern Gifts Ltd, Burnaby, BC
2018/19 Exhibition Coordinator, Smithers Art Gallery
2016/17 Art Director, Smithers Art Gallery
2016 Secretary, Smithers Art Gallery
2017 Auction, Fort Langley Canoe and Kayak Club
2017 Art Auction, fundraiser for the new ambulance station in Kitwanga
2017 Smithers Interior News, What's Your Story: Canada 150+
2016 Smithers Interior News, featured article
Michelle's artwork is in private collections throughout Canada and the United States.