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Soldier of love

Michelle D. Ferrera
San Diego, CA

About the Artist

San Diego Artist, Michelle D. Ferrera, fell in love with the vulnerability of the figure and the freedom to experiment with different styles while studying at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Though drawing and writing were early outlets, it was after earning her degree in Fine Art & Design, that the artist truly discovered her style.
Loss and anger fueled a need for canvas larger than her journals but was something she couldn't afford. The first durable surface Michelle found was a pile of scrap wood in her mother’s garage. Michelle saw the wood as a mirror. The raw emotional sta…

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About the Artist

San Diego Artist, Michelle D. Ferrera, fell in love with the vulnerability of the figure and the freedom to experiment with different styles while studying at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Though drawing and writing were early outlets, it was after earning her degree in Fine Art & Design, that the artist truly discovered her style.
Loss and anger fueled a need for canvas larger than her journals but was something she couldn’t afford. The first durable surface Michelle found was a pile of scrap wood in her mother’s garage. Michelle saw the wood as a mirror. The raw emotional state was brought to bear in her work using just a standard #2 pencil and unfinished wood. More than half that series was sold during her first exhibition at the 2010 Contemporary Art Fair (Javits Center, NYC).
This positive feedback along with support and encouragement from family and friends, was the push Michelle needed before driving West to make art a full-time career. Before settling in San Diego with her now husband, she poured her uncertainty of direction into creating. She sat in on machine tutorials, experimented with color and mixed media, attended art workshops, built her process and healed through creating. What started as a way out of depression turned into a celebration of life.
Her arrival and acceptance in the San Diego scene garnered local attention earning her multiple drawing awards and honors since 2012. These opened the doors to participate and exhibit locally, through Los Angeles and up to San Francisco. Now, as a stay-at-home mother and full-time Artist, Michelle continues to draw snapshots of her life and those around her, building on her “chronicles” series. Michelle also self-publishes her journal style books that combine her art and writing and in addition, still finds time to collaborate with fellow artists. She is open to making custom art commissions. Michelle is currently being represented by Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp, Adelman Fine Art in Little Italy and in the Gift Shop of the Women’s Museum of California.

Artist’s Work

Steamy
Reaching new heights
Michelle ferrera

reaching new heights

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Release me
Michelle ferrera

...release me

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Summertime makes me feel
Michelle ferrera

Summertime Makes Me Feel

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Serenity 13
Michelle ferrera

serenity

By Michelle D. Ferrera

While youre asleep
Michelle ferrera

while you're asleep

By Michelle D. Ferrera

And i i chose the stars
Michelle ferrera

and i, i chose the stars

By Michelle D. Ferrera

This leos life
Michelle ferrera

this leo's life

By Michelle D. Ferrera

And sometimes i fall
Michelle ferrera

and sometimes i fall

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Hazy grainy daze
Michelle ferrera

Hazy Grainy Daze

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Knee deep
Michelle ferrera

Knee Deep

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Untitled 21
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untitled

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Peace in love
Michelle ferrera

peace in love

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Thank you 2
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thank you

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Reachin out
Michelle ferrera

Reachin out...

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Fury fists
Michelle ferrera

fury fists

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Caught in the wanderdust
Michelle ferrera

...caught in the wanderdust

By Michelle D. Ferrera

The deep breathe before the plunge
Michelle ferrera

"...the deep breathe before the plunge..."

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Mmm
Soldier of love
Michelle ferrera

Soldier of Love

By Michelle D. Ferrera

The shield
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the shield

By Michelle D. Ferrera

In bloom
Michelle ferrera

in bloom

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Pride joy
Michelle ferrera

Pride & Joy

By Michelle D. Ferrera

Selected Exhibitions

  • Thumbprint Gallery
    La Jolla, CA, 2017
  • Adelman Fine Art
    Little Italy, San Diego, CA, 2017
  • Sparks Gallery
    San Diego, CA, 2017
  • Front Porch Gallery
    Carlsbad, CA, 2016
  • San Diego Art Institute, Museum of the Living Artist
    San Diego, CA, 2014

Press and Accolades

  • First Place (Drawing Category), South BayFront Artists
    April, 2014
  • RAW San Diego 2013's Visual Artist of the Year
    November, 2013
  • 3rd Place, Third Annual Juried Exhibition at Front Porch Gallery
    2013

Education

  • Montclair State University, Fine Art & Design
    Montclair, NJ,2003 
  • Macquarie University, Exchange Program
    NSW, Syndey, Australia,2001