Michelle Dinelle — ARTIST

Michelle Dinelle

Michelle Dinelle

Interview with artist Michelle Dinelle —

1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Michelle Dinelle. I’m a Canadian abstract artist based in Toronto. Working in acrylic, primarily on canvas, my work is non-objective and often employs the use of bold colours.





2. Why art?
I’m a very busy person, from the moment I wake in the morning – I’m on the fly. Constantly moving, organizing, thinking and talking. Painting centers me. The necessary hours of focus brings with it a sense of calm and a deep rooted happiness.


3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
My interest in art began as a child. I was very fortunate to have had the support of both parents and teachers to encourage my creative curiosity – I explored all things ART – sketching, painting, sculpture and photography. I’ve just recently discovered abstract painting. The fact that it was buried inside me just waiting to emerge absolutely amazes me. I’m the perfect example that “it’s never too late to follow your dreams.”





4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
The majority of my paintings are non-objective but I do at times paint landscapes and floras in abstract form. My preferred media is working with acrylics because of the quick drying time.





5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I often have no preconceived idea of what I’m going to create. My process is to add paint directly to canvas and start blending my chosen colors. This dictates the movement and direction of my work. Shape and form follow as the mood of the paint flows across the canvas. The effect of this solicits a strong emotional response that completely absorbs me until I step back knowing the piece is complete.


"Island Turmoil"

“Island Turmoil”


6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
There are just too many to list as I appreciate and admire all forms of art. I greatly admire Georgia O’Keefe as a source of inspiration and influence. As well, the first time I saw Claude Monet’s paintings ‘Water Lilies’ series – they captured my heart.


"Ruffled Feathers"

“Ruffled Feathers”


7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
I’ve had such wonderful responses to my art. It’s been said that my work is very colourful and dynamic, expressive, and vibrant. But one of my favorite responses was a comment written on my website that stated, “Your enthusiasm and passion are reflected in your paintings”. – This is exactly what I want people to see and feel.


"Passing Thru Blue"

“Passing Thru Blue”


8. What do you like about your work?
Having others view and relate to my work is a connection I deeply value.


9. What advice would you give to other artists?
For anyone starting out, I’d suggest reaching out to fellow artists in your local community and through social media. I am overwhelmed by the encouragement, advice and support I’ve received from other artists. Always find joy in your creative process. Your talent as an artist is a gift!





10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I envision having my own studio/gallery – a space to display and sell my work and invite local artists to do the same. I’d set aside time for the children of the community to visit, paint and allow their imaginations to explore freely, as children often do.
Whatever the future may hold – I will be forever painting!





Michelle Dinelle

Michelle Dinelle




Links —

Website: http://www.michelledinelle.com/
Facebook: https://facebook.com/michelledinelleabstracts
Instagram: https://instagram.com/michelledinelleabstracts
Email: michelle.dinelle.1@gmail.com