Detail of painting of a Horse in blues, yellows and oranges



MICHELE YELLIN is a full time artist who creates color saturated expressionistic paintings with subject matter that is abstracted and simplified. She works with acrylic paint, building up layers with a variety of tools to enrich and enliven the surface of the canvas. It is through this process that the painting begins to tell a story and it is how Michele discovers and reveals her inner life. Her hope is that while her story is singular and personal, it resonates with others. Connection, family, memory, love, joy, mystery, dreams and home are frequent themes in Michele’s paintings.

Currently Michele Lives in Chapel Hill, NC. She grew up primarily in the Northeastern United States relocating every few years because of her father’s employment with IBM. That job led the family to move to a suburb outside Paris, France for 4 years when Michele was 11 years old. Ultimately, it was during that time, on a visit to the newly opened Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam that helped set the course for Michele’s life long passion for color and texture.

Michele has a loyal following of art collectors in North Carolina and beyond. Currently Bill Hester Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM represents her work. Half the week she paints in the wooded in her home studio in Chapel Hill and half the week at her Artspace Studio 104.

Michele earned her BFA in studio art at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1988.

A bird flies in the foreground in front of birch trees, a white farm house in the background
Three white houses with golden hills, green trees and birds flying
Blue buffalo with orange and yellow landscape behind them
Painting of horse in blues and oranges by Michele Yellin