Featured Artist Mishel Schwartz

Canadian Mishel Schwartz’s alcohol ink art is sensually rich with color, movement and form. Discover more of her work by visiting her website.

 

“Earth’s Intelligence” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 12.5” x 12.5” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Earth’s Intelligence” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 12.5” x 12.5”

 

When I was a young girl, I used to hide near the entrance to my parents’ studio (they both painted—my mother, professionally) and watch them paint the men and women who came to model. Even then, I was mesmerized by the creative process, and how a blank canvas could suddenly become a work of art.

 

“Falling” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20” x 28.5” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Falling” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20” x 28.5”

 

It didn’t take long before I realized that art, creativity and the freedom of expression it allowed would eventually define my own path.

 

“Teal and Gold Floral Abstract” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 18” x 20.5” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Teal and Gold Floral Abstract” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 18” x 20.5”

 

Ever mindful of the practical world, at first I chose a roundabout path to my destiny, pursuing art through education as a means of making my way.

 

“Dream State” Alcohol Ink on Gesso Wood, 20.5” x 16.5” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dream State” Alcohol Ink on Gesso Wood, 20.5” x 16.5”

 

I began with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at a local college followed by a degree in Art History at McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec where I was born and raised. Eventually, I made the move to Toronto, Ontario, where I completed a degree in Graphic Design from York University.

 

“Then the Blossoms Came” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20.5” x 18” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Then the Blossoms Came” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20.5” x 18”

 

As I purposefully move towards the original dream of working full-time as an artist, I reflect on the last twenty years and how it helped bring me to this pivotal time in my life.

 

“Connection 1” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 18” x 24” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Connection 1” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 18” x 24”

 

I was fortunate enough to nurture my passion for art as Creative Director for our family-run business. Although I learned a lot during my time as a commercial designer, there was always a nagging desire to go back to my roots and paint.

 

“The Blue Hour” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 10.5” x 10.5” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Blue Hour” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 10.5” x 10.5”

 

Today I spend much of my free time in the studio, pursuing as many channels of artistic expression as I can. I am amazed to watch the pieces evolve. I draw my inspiration from the natural and organic world around me. The sights, smells and shapes of all living things are the nucleus of every piece.

 

“Le Grand Mystere” Alcohol Ink and Acrylic on Gesso Wood, 36” x 36” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Le Grand Mystere” Alcohol Ink and Acrylic on Gesso Wood, 36” x 36”

 

It has been quite a journey into what was often unfamiliar territory, using new tools and techniques, and experimenting with different materials like the alcohol inks I use in my current collection.

 

“Turquoise and Gold Abstract” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20” x 20” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Turquoise and Gold Abstract” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20” x 20”

 

I began posting my art on Instagram as a way to share my passion with people. Before long, I was receiving comments from gallery curators and calls to enter contests. My first-ever showing was in a pop-up gallery in Soho, New York, with other emerging artists.

 

“From the Ashes” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20.6” x 22” by artist Mishel Schwartz. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“From the Ashes” Alcohol Ink on Yupo, 20.6” x 22”

 

Like a snowball picking up momentum as it rolls down the hill, my journey into the art world has suddenly taken over. With new collaborations, licensing prospects and shows with international art organizations on the horizon, I am immersed in a happy place of my own creation.

 

Artist Mishel Schwartz invites you to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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