Michele Maule is an Oregon native whose illustrations and paintings are inspired for everyday life, and continues to make unique, contemporary Art. Her Etsy Shop shows the extroardinary talent of this artist.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Michele Maule and I live in Portland, Oregon. I graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. I love living here, in Portland. I’ve lived many places growing up, and this truly feels like my home.
2. How long have you been an artist and how did you get started?
I started making art about 11 years ago. I needed an extracurricular class in high school and decided on art. I loved it. It was the only class I actually looked forward to. So I continued taking classes throughout college and ended up with a degree in it.
3. What inspires your art?
I think the thing that most inspires my work is my everyday life. The little things, that are often overlooked, make me most happy.
4. How much time are you able to dedicate to your art?
From January until the beginning of November I work part time at a local grocery store, so I spend about 20-30 hours a week making art. November through December, I work full time so I only get to spend about 10 hours a week.
5. How/When did you discover your personal style?
I feel like I am still discovering it! I feel like every year I find a new way of expressing my work and it’s constantly evolving.
6. How many venues do you sell your art? (online shops, galleries, art shows, etc)
Online my venues are Etsy and soon I’ll be selling with Robin Street Market. I tried a number of other online shops but didn’t really have the time to keep up with them. I sell at several local shops in Portland. One of them is in Sellwood and it’s called Tilde, the other is in Multnonah Village and it’s called Knack. There is a gallery in Salem, OR. called Mary Lou Zeek Gallery. I also sell at 323 Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan.
7. Are there any new forms of art/crafts you want to try in the future?
I’d really love to learn how to knit or sew. I think being able to make my own garments would be so fantastic!
8. What are your short-term and long-term goals for your art and business?
Short term goals are to get a show soon, either in a gallery or a coffee shop. I’m not picky! Long term goals would be to become successful enough to where I could make a living being a full time artist.
9. Is art a hobby, a business or both?
I think it’s a bit of both. Really, it’s part of my life. If I’m not making work I find that I am not as happy. art helps to keep me sane.