Michelle Ripari, who resides in Melbourne’s Western suburbs, has loved drawing for as long as she can remember. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Teaching and also a Graduate Diploma of Special Education, moving from Bendigo to work as a teacher in a specialist autistic school.
Michelle’s love for drawing was not ignited again for quite a few years due to being injured at work and subsequently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome, being a wife and very busy mum of four children. But her family kindly persisted that she pursue art and since then she has not looked back.
Although not been formally trained as an artist and solely self-taught, Michelle is continuously learning and evolving with her skills and technique using graphite, coloured pencils, and more recently, watercolour pencils and ink.
Michelle has turned full circle and has returned to teaching, inspiring others with her enthusiasm and passion for fine art. The greatest reward being the ignited confidence from participants and positive “I can do this!” attitude.
“I create highly detailed drawings with pencil, a representation of both imagination and realism. Emotionally challenging the viewer, by portraying both nature and man-made subjects that continually collide, collaborate and intertwine. I am continually developing my skill and sharing my artistic story, by inspiring others who have a passion and respect in the intricate details surrounding them through their own journey.”
Photograph by Westend Photography