Michelle Arterburn

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Artist Statement

I have always been fascinated with the intellectual challenge attendant to the “technical”, while at the same time, I was equally taken with the artistic side of projects. By focusing on both the complex and the aesthetic aspects, my satisfaction with the results increasingly depended on how successful I considered my efforts to have been in bringing together these aspects. Some may not see the relationship, but I recognize the contrasts and embrace the dichotomies. This may explain my desire to work in various artistic mediums; stoneware/porcelain clay, realism watercolor painting and hand-weaving. Often trading time between these mediums within a given year.

My work reflects who I am. I care about attention to detail and the nostalgic. I adore texture and pattern, weathered metal/brick, antique buttons and wax seals. I am especially drawn to the subjects of architecture, fish and vintage automobiles. I also draw inspiration from my time spent at home in New Mexico and the southern San Juan mountains of Colorado.

Most importantly, I am interested in integrating these elements, inspirations, subjects and surface into my work using various media and techniques.

I am fortunate to do what I love in a full-time manner, every single day.

My work can be seen at:

Etsy Store: www.etsy.com/shop/MArterburnStudio

You can also find my work in Southern Colorado at The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center; Three Peaks Boutique – Pueblo, CO

Contact Information:

105 Pecan Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88001

website: www.michellearterburn.com