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Michelle D. Lubin
Imperial Beach, CA

About the Artist

Southern California based artist Michelle D. Ferrera took the leap to become a full-time artist upon moving West. Utilizing her fine art degree from New Jersey, armed with years of journals filled with experiences and people, sketches and ideas, Ferrera found her medium by accident. In her Imperial Beach garage studio, Michelle creates original and commissioned figurative fine art, drawn freehand with pencil (and sometimes mixed media) on custom built wood panels, she builds herself. The raw wood serves as her mirror, reflecting the artist’s words, skin, durability, vulnerability and indivi…

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About the Artist

Southern California based artist Michelle D. Ferrera took the leap to become a full-time artist upon moving West. Utilizing her fine art degree from New Jersey, armed with years of journals filled with experiences and people, sketches and ideas, Ferrera found her medium by accident. In her Imperial Beach garage studio, Michelle creates original and commissioned figurative fine art, drawn freehand with pencil (and sometimes mixed media) on custom built wood panels, she builds herself. The raw wood serves as her mirror, reflecting the artist’s words, skin, durability, vulnerability and individuality. Keeping her tools and medium minimal provides Ferrera an environment conducive to creating such personal, intimate moments and poses.

Ferrera says about her work, “the nude figures, whether self-portrait or other, represent the vulnerable process of letting go, in hopes to build self-love and strength needed to fuel honest communication and connections.”

Ferrera garnered local attention early and was named RAW Natural Born Artist: Visual Artist of the Year (2013) which helped to catapult exhibition opportunities from Southern CA to LA, Laguna Beach and San Francisco. Since then, Ferrera has received multiple drawing awards, magazine (Artist Portfolio) and book publications (50 to Watch), solo exhibitions and opportunities to be a part of collaborative and community projects. Ferrera contributes her progression and drive to be an artist to her supportive family and friends, creative outlets, nature and art loving community. You can find Ferrera keeping busy working side by side, easel to easel, expanding her art series with her three year old daughter, and building roots, having recently painted a mural in town, as part of Imperial Beach’s beautification project.

Artist’s Work

Easy breezy
Michelle ferrera

Easy Breezy

By Michelle D. Lubin

The punisher
Michelle ferrera

The Punisher

By Michelle D. Lubin

The shield
Michelle ferrera

the shield

By Michelle D. Lubin

Mmm
Michelle ferrera

Mmm...

By Michelle D. Lubin

Untitled 21
Michelle ferrera

untitled

By Michelle D. Lubin

Peace in love
Michelle ferrera

peace in love

By Michelle D. Lubin

In bloom
Michelle ferrera

in bloom

By Michelle D. Lubin

Steamy
Michelle ferrera

steamy

By Michelle D. Lubin

Serenity 13
Michelle ferrera

serenity

By Michelle D. Lubin

Pride joy
Michelle ferrera

Pride & Joy

By Michelle D. Lubin

While youre asleep
Michelle ferrera

while you're asleep

By Michelle D. Lubin

And i i chose the stars
Michelle ferrera

and i, i chose the stars

By Michelle D. Lubin

This leos life
Michelle ferrera

this leo's life

By Michelle D. Lubin

Release me
Michelle ferrera

...release me

By Michelle D. Lubin

Reaching new heights
Michelle ferrera

reaching new heights

By Michelle D. Lubin

Summertime makes me feel
Michelle ferrera

Summertime Makes Me Feel

By Michelle D. Lubin

And sometimes i fall
Michelle ferrera

and sometimes i fall

By Michelle D. Lubin

Hazy grainy daze
Michelle ferrera

Hazy Grainy Daze

By Michelle D. Lubin

Knee deep
Michelle ferrera

Knee Deep

By Michelle D. Lubin

Thank you 2
Michelle ferrera

thank you

By Michelle D. Lubin

Reachin out
Michelle ferrera

Reachin out...

By Michelle D. Lubin

Fury fists
Michelle ferrera

fury fists

By Michelle D. Lubin

Caught in the wanderdust
Michelle ferrera

...caught in the wanderdust

By Michelle D. Lubin

The deep breathe before the plunge
Michelle ferrera

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

By Michelle D. Lubin

Soldier of love
Michelle ferrera

Soldier of Love

By Michelle D. Lubin

Selected Exhibitions

  • Las Laguna Gallery
    Laguna Beach, CA, 2018
  • the iN Gallery (Negulescu Fine Art)
    Barrio Logan, CA , 2018
  • Escondido Arts Partnership Gallery
    Escondido, CA, 2018
  • Sparks Gallery
    San Diego, CA, 2018
  • Adelman Fine Art
    Little Italy, San Diego, CA, 2017

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
  • (Publication) Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists: Artists, ART, & Story: Southern California, by Karrie Ross, Books 4 & 6
    2016, 2017
  • (Juried Exhibition & Publication) 50 to Watch, Escondido Arts Partnership, Escondido, CA
    2018

Education

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