M I C H E L L E J E F F E R S O N
I have been an artist all my life. I started walking when I was seven months old to my mother’s and doctor’s surprise. I always say it was to get to the blank white walls in our apartment. White walls were my first canvas, I would draw on them with crayons. From white walls I graduated to paper.As I got older my parents enrolled me in art classes. I explored pottery, painting, drawing, screen printing, ballet, music…if it was creative I was doing it. In high school I realized my calling was in the visual arts. I began taking classes at Art Center College of Design’s high school art program. After I graduated from high school I attended California Institute of the arts (Calarts). I graduated from Calarts in 1993 with a BFA in Visual Communications/Graphic Design. After which I worked in the film industry at an award winning special effects production company. I realized that I was not being fulfilled artistically so I left the film industry determined to fill this void. I began working as a Veterinary Technician during the day and creating art at night.
It wasn’t until I started working on my own art again did I realize how much I missed and loved art. It was during this time that I rediscovered my calling and started exploring the different ways to express this calling. From drawing, painting, photography, then “Voila!” collage. The media that I fell in love. Once I discovered this I was off running and have been running ever since. My work is influenced by my fine art, graphic design, printmaking, and medical background.