Michelle Schleider was born and raised in Huntington, New York. Drawing and painting have been in the forefront of her life since childhood. She recalls her first memory of seeing the painted figure at four years old when she found her late, artist mother's art history book about the Sistine Chapel. It was Michelangelo's overtly, muscular Christ with little drapery, that captured her love of rendering the human form. 

Michelle specializes in oil painting and charcoal drawing. She draws from life experiences and reflects historical properties of Naturalism and Romanticism in her work. She has years of training behind her and favors drawing a portrait or a figure in a classical manner, working on giving life to a still object with light, color, and composition, or painting an interior or landscape where the interest lies in the simplicty of what is already there for her to translate onto canvas.

As an adult, she has lived in many different cities such as Seoul, Florence, Tucson, San Francisco and Hoboken, New Jersey. These experiences have given her a great appreciation for cultural differences all over the world such as customs, traditions, food, dress, religion, architecture, and of course artistic styles. 

Michelle specifically enjoys painting "wet into wet" in the alla prima method. This requires a great deal of focus and being present with what is on the easel. When she finds a subject that speaks to her, she translates its voice with a vision of a final piece. She thoughtfully navigates through the process of painting: choosing a palette, considering each and every brush stroke, value, and finding hard or soft edges. 

She is always experimenting with new techniques in oil painting and drawing, but feels grounded and has great admiration for late 19th century and early 20th century artists. She has studied under some great artists like David Leffel, Felicia Forte, Michelle Dunaway, and Robert Liberace.

Michelle currently creates and resides in Vestal, NY with her husband and two daughters. She is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressonist Society. She is a drawing and painting instructor to adults and teens at KAPOW! Art Studio in Binghamton, NY.  For more information on classes: