Michelle McCune DVM is an accomplished artist from a varied background. She works in oils on canvas using brushes and/or palette knives and layers of glaze to create excitement and vibrancy bringing her subjects to life. She paints from only her own references in order to revisit the experiences and infuse the pieces with the passion she felt at those moments.
Her love of animals was apparent at a very young age. This passion continued through school. While earning her veterinary degree, Michelle was awarded a grant to study free ranging wildlife which took her to Namibia where she spent a summer with the Cheetah Conservation Fund. She developed a greater understanding of conservation problems as well as solutions and a passion for the animals of Africa. Nothing compares to seeing, hearing and observing animals in their natural environment - this is what Michelle brings to the viewer through her work. When not in the studio, Michelle continues her work as a veterinarian.
Michelle traveled to Zimbabwe with her husband, Tim. She has also attended an artist's safari to Kenya with John Banovich, traveled to South Africa twice, and most recently went on safari to Kenya with her husband and Guy Combes. She and her family have visited Costa rica many times. Her reference material is drawn from experiences and photos from these and other trips.
In late 2000, after the birth of their first child, she began to study painting in any spare time she could find. She attended class at a local art center and worked on her own. She learned at workshops under the direction of inspiring artists such as Terry Isaac, Susan Labouri, Jan Martin McGuire, John and Suzi Seerey-Lester, John Banovich, Guy Combes, and Greg Beecham. She had the fortune to study with some of these artists on multiple occasions.
In 2016 Michelle was awarded Best of Show in November's Sedona Arts Prize as well as Best of Show at the Mundelein Arts Festival. She has participated in the Mundelein Arts Festival since its inception in 2011 and has been the recipient of Purchase Awards each year as well as Best 2-D artist in 2012. She has been a member of the Artists for Conservation since 2008 and her work has been featured in their annual show in 2008, 2012, and 2014. She also had two pieces in the International Exhibition of Animals in Art at Louisians State University in 2008. She has also shown work at the Artistry and Veterinary Medicine Show in Arizona in 2009. She was awarded the People's Choice awards each of three times she exhibited at the Starline Gallery in 2011. Michelle has shown at Barrington's Art in the Barn in 2011 (she won Best of Show), 2012, 2014, and 2015. In 2013 she took part in the prestigious Old Towne Art Show in Chicago and the Riverwalk show in Naperville. In 2014 she was among a small number of painters chosen to exhibit at the Lakefront Festival of Art held at Milwaukee's Art Museum. Her work is applauded by judges and viewers for her use of color, highly developed technical skill and pleasing compositions.