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Michelle Calkins
Holland, MI

About the Artist

Michelle studied art at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and graduated in 1990 with a degree in Art (Painting Concentration) and Art History. She has since become an internationally collected artist and has original pieces and prints in many corporate and private collections.

Her work emphasizes quality, integrity and spontaneity. Since childhood Michelle found solace in the creation of art. It is a gift that she tries not to waste. Her influences are Edward Hopper, Andy Goldsworthy, ants, snails, and people who paint things on the head of a pin. Michelle is especially impressed wi…

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About the Artist

Michelle studied art at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and graduated in 1990 with a degree in Art (Painting Concentration) and Art History. She has since become an internationally collected artist and has original pieces and prints in many corporate and private collections.

Her work emphasizes quality, integrity and spontaneity. Since childhood Michelle found solace in the creation of art. It is a gift that she tries not to waste. Her influences are Edward Hopper, Andy Goldsworthy, ants, snails, and people who paint things on the head of a pin. Michelle is especially impressed with artists who create impermanent art, like sand painters or a musician who creates a unique piece of art each time he sings a song. It exists for that moment and then it is gone again. Her media of choice are oil painting, sculpture and photography. In her art the three disciplines borrow from each other making each one stronger.

Having been a professional picture framer since 1990, the presentation aspect of the art world is always on her mind. Co-owning Four Corners Framing Company in Holland, Michigan since 1999 has afforded her a front row seat to many types and styles of art. It has been a great and constant inspiration while also, she says, keeping her on her art toes.

Artist’s Work

Abstract dunes
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Abstract Dunes

By Michelle Calkins

Shoreline with creek and stones
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Shoreline with Creek and Stones

By Michelle Calkins

Sandblasted
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Sandblasted

By Michelle Calkins

Green apple still life
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Green Apple Still Life

By Michelle Calkins

Branches on the beach
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Branches on the Beach

By Michelle Calkins

Birches in the hills
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Birches in the Hills

By Michelle Calkins

Abstract sunset 2
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Abstract Sunset

By Michelle Calkins

Color collage 10
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Color Collage 1.0

By Michelle Calkins

Shoreline serenity
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Shoreline Serenity

By Michelle Calkins

Scambled eggs lll
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Scambled Eggs lll

By Michelle Calkins

Roy rogers pedal car
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Roy Rogers Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

Avocado
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Avocado

By Michelle Calkins

April beach
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April Beach

By Michelle Calkins

Gold and pink sunset
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Gold and Pink Sunset

By Michelle Calkins

Color collage 108
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Color Collage 108

By Michelle Calkins

Mystery stairway ll
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Mystery Stairway ll

By Michelle Calkins

Lake michigan shoreline
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Lake Michigan Shoreline

By Michelle Calkins

Trillium at the top of the dune
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Trillium at the Top of the Dune

By Michelle Calkins

Antique pedal car
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Antique Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

Limes
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Limes

By Michelle Calkins

Peaceful beach
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Peaceful Beach

By Michelle Calkins

Water maple
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Water Maple

By Michelle Calkins

Fire engine pedal car
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Fire Engine Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

The orange wedge
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The Orange Wedge

By Michelle Calkins

Petoskey stones lv
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Petoskey Stones lV

By Michelle Calkins

Poblanos
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Poblanos

By Michelle Calkins

Garlic
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Garlic

By Michelle Calkins

Asparagus 2
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Asparagus

By Michelle Calkins

April beach 20
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April Beach 2.0

By Michelle Calkins

Asparagus ll
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Asparagus ll

By Michelle Calkins

Chris craft interior with flag
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Chris Craft Interior with Flag

By Michelle Calkins

Petoskey stones ll
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Petoskey Stones ll

By Michelle Calkins

Stems
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Stems

By Michelle Calkins

Abstract dunescape 44
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Abstract Dunescape 44

By Michelle Calkins

Collage color study lv
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Collage Color Study lV

By Michelle Calkins

Color and texture lll
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Color and Texture lll

By Michelle Calkins

Collage 19
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Collage 19

By Michelle Calkins

Earth study two
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Earth Study Two

By Michelle Calkins

Orange and blue color study
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Orange and Blue Color Study

By Michelle Calkins

Drive in pedal car
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Drive In Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

Reclaimed wood abstract 40
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Reclaimed Wood Abstract 4.0

By Michelle Calkins

Black and white birches
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Black and White Birches

By Michelle Calkins

Warm summer birches
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Warm Summer Birches

By Michelle Calkins

Whitecaps
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Whitecaps

By Michelle Calkins

John hancock building chicago illinois
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John Hancock Building - Chicago Illinois

By Michelle Calkins

Baby bellas
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Baby Bellas

By Michelle Calkins

Orange tulips
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Orange Tulips

By Michelle Calkins

Sunset at the lake in autumn
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Sunset at the Lake in Autumn

By Michelle Calkins

Abstract color panels lv
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Abstract Color Panels lV

By Michelle Calkins

Golden sunset 2
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Golden Sunset

By Michelle Calkins

Shoreline and waves
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Shoreline and Waves

By Michelle Calkins

Earth layers
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Earth Layers

By Michelle Calkins

Earth study one
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Earth Study One

By Michelle Calkins

Autumn shoreline at the rivers mouth
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Autumn Shoreline at the River's Mouth

By Michelle Calkins

Snow fences in autumn
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Snow Fences in Autumn

By Michelle Calkins

Birch trees with green grass
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Birch Trees with Green Grass

By Michelle Calkins

Setting sun
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Setting Sun

By Michelle Calkins

Birches 2
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Birches

By Michelle Calkins

Languages of love
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Languages of Love

By Michelle Calkins

Summer sailboats
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Summer Sailboats

By Michelle Calkins

Soft palette rustic
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Soft Palette Rustic

By Michelle Calkins

The open window
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The Open Window

By Michelle Calkins

Cedar pathway
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Cedar Pathway

By Michelle Calkins

Wooden heart
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Wooden Heart

By Michelle Calkins

Sunset over the lake ll
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Sunset Over the Lake ll

By Michelle Calkins

Scambled eggs l
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Scambled Eggs l

By Michelle Calkins

Color and texture lv
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Color and Texture lV

By Michelle Calkins

Pieces parts
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Pieces Parts

By Michelle Calkins

Sky water sand
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Sky Water Sand

By Michelle Calkins

Sky water beach grass
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Sky Water Beach Grass

By Michelle Calkins

Mystery stairway
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Mystery Stairway

By Michelle Calkins

Chicago skyline with navy pier
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Chicago Skyline with Navy Pier

By Michelle Calkins

Great lakes dunes
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Great Lakes Dunes ll

By Michelle Calkins

Taxi cab pedal car
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Taxi Cab Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

Tee bird pedal car
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Tee Bird Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

Abstract dunes with blue and gold
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Abstract Dunes with Blue and Gold

By Michelle Calkins

Summer beach
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Summer Beach

By Michelle Calkins

Fall birches
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Fall Birches

By Michelle Calkins

Eye candy
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Eye Candy

By Michelle Calkins

Summer birches 2
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Summer Birches

By Michelle Calkins

Sunset 33
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Sunset 33

By Michelle Calkins

Highway landscape
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Highway landscape

By Michelle Calkins

Night birches 20
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Night Birches 2.0

By Michelle Calkins

Color collage 20
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Color Collage 2.0

By Michelle Calkins

Soft palette rustic ll
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Soft Palette Rustic ll

By Michelle Calkins

Forty eight circles
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Forty Eight Circles

By Michelle Calkins

Water lilies 3
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Water Lilies

By Michelle Calkins

Green line
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Green Line

By Michelle Calkins

Collage 21
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Collage 21

By Michelle Calkins

Scambled eggs lv
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Scambled Eggs lV

By Michelle Calkins

Green eggs and ham 20
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Fifteen Stripes No. 1

By Michelle Calkins

Thistles on the beach
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Thistles on the Beach

By Michelle Calkins

Highway patrol pedal car
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Highway Patrol Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

Ranch wagon pedal car
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Ranch Wagon Pedal Car

By Michelle Calkins

Pebbles on the beach
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Pebbles on the Beach

By Michelle Calkins

Petoskey stones lll
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Petoskey Stones lll

By Michelle Calkins

Retire arabesque penche
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Retire Arabesque Penche

By Michelle Calkins

Green eggs and ham 2
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Green Eggs and Ham

By Michelle Calkins

Found my marbles
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Found My Marbles

By Michelle Calkins

Education

  • Hope College, BA
    Holland, Michigan,1990