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Paintings that Entice the Senses: Michelle Marcotte

A still-life painting of a loaf of bread, butter, and jars of jamJam Maker's Reward, oil


A screen capture of Michelle Marcotte's websiteFood paintings on Michelle Marcotte's web portfolio

Michelle Marcotte paints in a colourful, bombastic style that I find works particularly well in her still-life works, where she renders food and flowers in brighter-than-life hues, creating paintings that entice the senses.


A painting of several types of flowers that have different meaningsTahleen and Robert's Garden, oil on canvas

Michelle works with a variety of subjects in her paintings, exploring portraiture and landscape as well as still life. I find her choice of subjects particularly interesting in her portraiture – she paints people in the midst of, as she puts it, “defining spaces and events.” Some more obvious examples in her portfolio include a portrait of a woman at her wedding, and at her prom. In other portraits, the “defining” nature of the moment is more subtle, or more of a personal interpretation by Michelle, knowing her subject. Nonetheless, it is interesting to look at portraits like these and know that the motivations behind them are more complex than merely capturing a face or an instance.


View all of these portraits and more on Michelle’s website:


A loose oil painting of a blue seascapeDusk on Ocean, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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