Bio

Although Michelle Ripari (b.1974 Bendigo, Victoria) always felt drawing was part of life for as long as she can remember, she completed a Bachelor of Teaching and then a Graduate Diploma of Special Education and moved to Melbourne 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 Post Traumatic 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.

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.”

Residencies

2017

Art Republic, Hoppers Crossing

2016 

Saltwater CC, Point Cook

Teaching

2017

Art of Shopping Workshop – Stockland Shopping Centre, Point Cook

Classes (Children) – Art Republic Melbourne, Hoppers Crossing

Classes (Adults) – Saltwater CC, Point Cook

Classes/Workshops (Adults) – Wyndham Arts Incubator, Werribee

Drop in Drawing (Guest host) – Wyndham Arts Incubator, Werribee

2016

Tullamarine Primary School – Full-day incursion workshop (Grades 1-6)

Colour Pencil at the Monastery – Workshops (Presented with fine artist Karina Griffiths), Croydon Hills

Education

Graduate Diploma of Special Education and Human Resources (1998)

Bachelor of Teaching – Primary (1997)

Affiliation

AUSCPA – Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists Inc – Secretary

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Wyndham Arts Incubator

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Membership

National Registry for Australian Art and Artists (NRAAA) Gallery 247

NAVA – National Association for the Visual Arts

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