Michelle Friars
Vashon, Washington
Tracy, Fish & Lino
Carbon Pencil & Pan Pastel, 10 x 10x 0, 2019, $400
I work primarily with carbon pencil, charcoal, and pan pastel because I love the graphic nature of black and white and the uncluttered way this allows the expression of ideas. I specialize in large scale portraiture and narrative figurative work. For me, drawings are an end in themselves, not merely a step on the way to painting.

My work is heavily influenced by time spent with aging family and by hours spent sorting through possessions and photographs they leave behind. What is kept and what is saved adds multiple dimensions to people who are gone, changing stories I thought I knew.
I am an artist and photographer living on Vashon Island.
My background as an art historian specializing in medieval and 14th Italian art left me with a love of narrative art and a particular fascination with tales of mystery and the miraculous. I try to reflect that sensibility in my work, something I hope will entice viewers to invent stories of their own. I am a graduate of Columbia University and of the Kang-O’Higgins Atelier at Gage Academy in Seattle. My drawings and photographs have appeared in galleries and museums across the US.
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