As a young girl, Toronto-based abstract artist Mishel Schwartz used to hide on the stairs that led to her artist parents’ studio and watch them paint live models. Her artistic journey began with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in college, followed by a degree in Art History from McGill University in Montreal, QB. Mishel concluded her studies with a degree in Graphic Design from York University in Toronto. After almost 20 years as Creative Director for a Canadian home furnishings company, Mishel took a leap of faith and plunged into the pursuit of a career as a working artist.
Her primary medium is alcohol ink. She discovered it by exploring the art scene on social media. Intrigued, she began experimenting and slowly developed a technique wherein layers of color are added and intricate details are carved out of the layers, giving her work great depth and mystery.
"When I am painting, I feel at peace, grounded to the earth and the organic world. It's a symbiotic relationship; a personal experience that connects me to all living things. Reaching out through art, I explore nature in all its complexities; flowers in bloom, birth, death, light, dark--the opposites and the complements - all present in my mind's eye. I look at each piece as a kind of visual diary; a way to document the beauty and express joy. The rich layers and textures of the natural world are my primary inspiration. I love the dynamic interplay of light and shadow and how sights and smells seem to seep into the paper through inanimate forms. Using alcohol ink allows for great depth in my art. It has a mysterious fluidity and is very malleable.”