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Michelle Boggess-Nunley is an international artist from Detroit, Michigan, specializing in representational paintings, storybook illustration and maze making. She’s exhibited her paintings at exhibitions such as the ArtExpo NY 2018, the Art Revolution Taiwan 2020 and galleries such as the Jackson Junge Gallery in Chicago. Her written and illustrated books include the series Wizard World, a quirky, illustrated maze book series and I am a Lenny, a children's picture book that celebrates differences. Her work often highlights diversity, with a strong statement that there is strength in differences.
In an effort to bring art to underserved communities and learning centers in her local community, Michelle started On The Gogh Studio in April 2019, where she teaches classes on painting, maze-making, clay and story book creating. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators, serves on the Board of the Grosse Pointe Artist Association and is accredited through STEM for her maze-making course.
Michelle has dedicated her professional life to creating and bringing art to others through her stories and classes.
"Art and creating have been in every aspect of my life since the very beginning. As a child, I grew up with Tourettes Syndrome, OCD and ADD -- creating was how I dealt with the awkwardness of every day life as the weird kid. With a paint brush, anything was possible. Any world could be created, and any story could be told. Those differences that I grew up with as a child, and eventually grew out of as an adult, helped shape the road that I went down with my art. One thing I've learned, that I try to teach others, is that we all have little quirks that make us unique. Plant those quirks instead of suppressing them. Water them. Let them grow into big, beautiful, weird looking gardens for the world to see --- because can you imagine how boring the world would be if we were all the same?"