Michelle Williams

I was born and raised in Canada. My family and I moved to Fountain Hills, AZ permanently in 1986. I am a self-taught artist with no formal education or training in art. My inquisitiveness has always lead me in all directions, from leather clothes, caribou hair tufting, 3D tole, Macramé, recycled pop can, jewelry & Acrylic paintings and my newly tin chics & chucks. I did Faux painting and Trompe L'oeil creating illusionistic murals, and walls that looked like brick, wood, tile or marble, professionally for many years. Handmade wallpaper became one of my most popular processes.

Things, however, always change, including the economy, which directly influenced my arts. With the advent of tighter pocket books, elaborate, complex artwork took a down-turn and my interest turned to Recycling. Everyone is conscious that we need to save the earth. So I started to create collages out of upcycle and recycle items. These 3D collages are all one of a kind. The bases are made from wood, plaster, or metal in the shape of picture and mirrored frames, crosses, hearts, stars, and cactus. They’re embellished with a mixed media of vintage & costume jewelry, religious objects, beads, stones, gems, hardware, and buttons and more.  I also will work on commissions using objects that you provide which echoes a person’s personality. They make wonderful “In memory of…” pieces.

I have shown and sold my works in Canada, U.S., Germany & Australia. Also at Fountain Fashion, Fountain Hills Art Fair, Park Avenue Hair Co., Style with a Twist, Art in the Park, The Store at Mesa Art Center, St. Anthony Church, Two Plates Full, Arizona Art Alliance, Sola Cafe, Ancala Country Club, Encanto Historic Home & Garden Tour, Friends of Mexican Art Mercado, Made, Wildfire Gallery, Spur Crossing Red Truck Trading Co., in Cave Creek, and 42 Saint in Kierland Commons, Radisson Fort McDowell Boutique, Emerson Gallery, Payson Art Show, Basha's Tent sale.