Artist Profile: Michelle Marcotte

Artist Michelle Marcotte presents a delightful, food-centric portfolio of paintings. She shares her story and the vision for her art.

 

"Boston Lettuce Salad" oil on canvas, 16" x 20" by Michelle Marcotte. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Boston Lettuce Salad” oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

ABI:  What would you say is the concept behind your portfolio?

MM:  I think I paint the most important things in life – people, food and the land that sustains us. I do not see my food paintings as “still life”. I see them as dinner; about the importance of preparing and eating a meal with family and friends, about the swirl of a lively kitchen, and the goodness of wholesome ingredients.

 

"Corn on the Cob and Tomato Sandwiches for Dinner" oil on canvas, 16" x 20" by Michelle Marcotte. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Corn on the Cob and Tomato Sandwiches for Dinner” oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

Food in the kitchen moves from hand to chopping board to table and the foods in my paintings might, bounce, fly or take a magic carpet ride over agricultural fields. Some of my food paintings make you laugh — because laughter is part of a good meal. Some food paintings are so tied to memory of people and place that they become portraits. I figure out what I am going to cook, buy it, set it out, photograph it, paint it and then eat it. I have also purchased and set up food and then painted it in farmer’s markets and supermarkets.

 

"Dieting with Mom" oil on canvas, 11" x 14" by Michelle Marcotte. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Dieting with Mom” oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″

 

ABI:  What do you believe collectors like best about your work?

MM:  Everyone tells me they love my colors, the vibrancy and the movement of my paintings, and that the food looks delicious. My food paintings bring back memories of cooking and eating fun meals with family and friends. When people see my paintings they often tell me great stories.

 

"There's Someone Missing" oil on canvas, 12" x 12" by Michelle Marcotte. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“There’s Someone Missing” oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

But, these are not subtle paintings and I know it takes a bold person to live with color. Living with color can make you bolder! Other artists want their paintings in the entry foyer or living room, but I want to own your kitchen and dining area. I want my paintings to be at the heart of your home and where you have fun with family and friends. If you are a foodie, I want your painting in your office. If you run a food company, I want my paintings in the place where your employees hang out.

 

"Carol's Cheese Plate and a Ceramic Donkey - No Relation" oil on canvas, 12" x 12" by Michelle Marcotte. See her artist profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“Carol’s Cheese Plate and a Ceramic Donkey – No Relation” oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

ABI:  Tell us about the different ways you earn as an artist.

MM:  I want everyone to be able to buy some of what I believe in, some color, a food or family memory, something useful, something amusing. People can become collectors by starting with something affordable that they love. So, I create small paintings for small spaces, a few giclées on canvas for high-sun or high-moisture areas, hand-painted wine glasses as well as useful and amusing greeting cards. My fine art is marketed on my website, and my greeting cards, wine glasses a bilingual children’s books are at Say It With Vegetables.

 

"So I Asked Him Who the Hell He Thinks He is, and He Said, 'I'm the Bosc'" oil on canvas, 8" x 10" by Michelle Marcotte. See her artist Profile at www.ArtsBusinessInstitute.org

“So I Asked Him Who the Hell He Thinks He is, and He Said, ‘I’m the Bosc'” oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″

 

I also enjoy teaching beginner and guiding intermediate painters at my studio in Lewiston New York, near Niagara Falls, in the spring, summer and autumn. We work from reality, with the foods and flowers available locally and using evocative china and colorful cooking pots to make warm, delightful paintings that are really worth hanging. And yes, even if you can’t draw a straight line, you can paint!

 

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