Michelle Held

Sarasota, Florida

"I am excited for this years Forgotten Coast paintout! The warmth and passion I feel is gleaned from the PEOPLE and NATURE of this quaint, yet treasured landscape. I'm thrilled to paint the incredible landscape, meet new locals, revisit with many of the people that are all so passionate about the Forgotten Coast."

Painting en plein air confirms Michelle's love for this beautiful world and the wonders of the Florida environment. With an insatiable appetite for color, light, and texture! Michelle strives to inspire happiness, trigger your imagination and make an emotional connection with the viewer. She believes evoking a feeling of light, space and passion is key to any successful painting.

Michelle has been a working artist in Sarasota Florida for 24 years. Her passionate work in historical restoration, custom hand painted wall finishes and murals propelled her into a career in fine art.

She is especially known for her heartfelt paintings of iconic Florida birds, wildlife and landscapes. Working En Plein Air her work is characterized by the representation of the luminous effects on nature!

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