Michelle Teitsma has a degree from Sheridan College for animation and also earned a degree in advanced airbrush from Mohawk College. She was a partner with the Jordan Art Gallery for 6 years before moving to Hamilton. She had sat on the advisory board with the Grimsby art gallery for five years, on the collections and acquisitions committee. Her role in this was to help assess works that would be donated to the permanent collection as to whether it would be part of the galleries agenda. She also, during this time period, taught oil painting classes to children and adults at GPAG.
This September, Michelle has joined the faculty at the Dundas Valley School of Art. She still teaches oils at her home studio.
A large historical mural donated by the artist, depicting the colourful history of Grimsby beach, hangs at the West Lincoln memorial hospital.
‘ Recently my art has been leaning more towards experimentation with form, light, shadow and form, with a strong study of values in the composition. I have been interpreting my creations with an eye to the colour wheel and the interesting combinations that they present, as well as dynamic contrast and mood. ‘
Michelle works primarily in oils on canvas or wood.