Feminine Desert: paintumentary
is based on the perception duality many young women present to the world. The conflict of the independence they believe they portray versus the true co-dependency they actually exhibit to the world, a contradiction they are too often unable to recognize.
Each piece is dominated by abstract human figures. The pallet used allows expression of the human form in a multicultural, non-ethnic specific tone, capturing the universal aspect of humanity. Notable the use of color creates a striking contrast to the expected outcome in portraiture.
With gestural brushstrokes and unanticipated colors Michelle's paintings provide the enduring spark for a love affair filled with passion and mystery.
Artist, author and entrepreneur, Michelle Leivan was educated at Fort Hays State University. She has been distinguished as the featured visual artist at the Kansas River Valley Art Fair, Topeka Jazz Festival, and the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, and has been nominated for the Kansas Governor’s Art Award in the visual arts category, selected by SouthWind Gallery as an Artist to Watch in 2012. Her work has been selected to hang in the Kansas State Capital building and in the U.S. Embassy Residence of the Ambassador in Asunción, Paraguay. Michelle’s work has been featured in solo shows and exhibits at the Manhattan Arts Center, Arts Council of Topeka and Topeka Performing Arts Center. She also has exhibited in several juried internet competitions and in Soho, New York. Her work is represented in the Ellis County Historical Archives, State of the Art | Kansas and Paint Topeka fine art books and in corporate and private collections including the permanent collection of the Mulvane Art Museum.