“Through sculpture I have found my souls’ voice, and my message is conveyed through each artwork. Life is truly a journey. We all have our milestones, turning points, joys and sorrows. No one is alone, we are all connected. My artworks are reminders of this truth.
The placement of tiny birds and nest on a horses’ back is a metaphor for shelter, compassion, home and family. Ravens resting on top of a wolf speak of reaching across barriers and forming alliances with those different than ourselves.
I strive to create the sense of passage of time, ancient textures and places of spiritual beauty so that it strikes an emotional chord of recognition in the heart of the viewer.
The animals I sculpt are chosen for their beauty, symbolism, and power to inspire. Color and texture along with strong or dramatic composition make my style distinct.”
Michelle MacKenzie is dedicated to sculpting the Art of the Horse, birds and raptors, wolves, and other animals that inspire. Her sculptures explore the animal spirit, inspired by the ages old fascination man has had with these magnificent creatures.
Michelle worked as a graphic artist and fashion illustrator early in her career in the 70's and 80's, becoming a fine art painter in 1990. She studied watercolor with Pacific Northwest watercolor artists, Susan McKinnon, Chris Williams, Ted Vaught, and Muriel Pallay.
In 2000, Michelle founded M. MacKenzie Fine Art Gallery, in Spring, Texas, then later in 2005 founded MacKenzie's Gallery of American Style in Folsom, CA
In 2003, she expanded into mixed media , painting on a highly textured canvas surface using acrylic paint, paper, metal, and other collage elements. Michelle established herself as a premier Texas painter and collage artist, then later as a Sacramento and San Francisco Bay area contemporary landscape and abstract painter.
She is represented by fine art galleries in Scottsdale, AZ, Tucson, AZ, Midway, KY, Sacramento, Auburn, Healdsburg, and Calistoga. Her artwork is proudly displayed in homes and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Thailand, and Australia.