"The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all , and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels - that is creative living. The courage to go on that hunt in the first place - that's what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one." Elizabeth Gilbert
Hi. I am Michelle.
I am a professional counselor, painter, performer, speaker, writer, and mother. I feel the most "me" when I am curiously seeking out my passions and creative energies and helping others do the same along the way. As someone who has struggled in the past with feeling "enough" to pursue my passions and dreams, I am driven to connect individuals to their overall potential and creativity, and apply my unique blend of artistic expression, self-exploration, vulnerability, and empathy to assist others in thriving in whatever setting I put my mind to.
I reside in Springfield, Missouri with the cutest five-year-old boy you'll ever meet, a new baby who has stolen my heart, and my ever-hilarious husband, Jeff. I love traveling, tacos, podcasts, indie music, good design, photography, and plants... I have a thing for plants.
I am a self-taught artist who as an adult picked up a paint brush for the first time hoping to find a creative outlet and never looked back. The process I go through to creatively express my ideas through painting is an invaluable way I connect with myself and this messy world around me.
In the majority of my work I explore the uniqueness of the mind-- all the bad, good, weird, and wonderful. Through color, contrast, and bold lines, I desire to show how our thoughts take a trajectory which informs how we view ourselves and the world around us, and how often those thoughts contradict themselves.
I sell my work online and in local venues in and around Springfield, Missouri, where I live. You can find more information about my artwork on the artist page or by visiting my online store.
I hold a masters degree in counseling and am licensed as a professional counselor. I see myself as a counselor and always will- its just who I am. In time, I plan to start a private practice, but for now I purposely set that aside to stay at home with my two adorable children. Recently I ended employment as a middle-school counselor and now work part-time with Care to Learn, an amazing non profit organization helping students in need of health, hunger, and hygiene items.
I am a writer and performer for my husband's late night talk show, The Mystery Hour, and regularly appear in sketches and video productions for the show. I have also acted in various commercials for brands such as Honda, Fossil, H&R Block, and American National Insurance.
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