My mother always said I would be an artist...
I struggled as a 20 something trying to make a living instead. When she died suddenly in 1992, I decided to live a more self-directed life. I took some art classes, sold some paintings, and quit my job. After confiding in a friend, "I hope I make it," he said with a grin, "You will, you have to!" He was right. It has been a great decision.
I love to paint.
There is a satisfaction in reflecting what is seen onto canvas. Canvas, paint, and subject matter. That's all I need for the perfect day.
Teaching others to paint is also a favorite pursuit. I am dedicated to sharing the pleasure of making art. I have a successful history teaching art to all age groups. My lessons are taught with the principle that everyone can learn to communicate through painting.
Michel has seen the artistic inclinations she had as a child grow into a successful career.
She enjoys painting realistically with an interpretive style. Constantly inspired by the life and beauty found in everyday surroundings, McNinch conveys that inspiration onto the canvas and seeks to connect with her viewers in the resulting images. "I am hoping that the viewer will connect emotionally to my paintings.”
She has been educated largely by inspiration. While many art classes in high school and college taught her the basic elements and principles of art, other artists and the world around her continue to teach her how a painting communicates.
Inspiring others to create is a favorite pursuit.
Michel is an artist who is dedicated to sharing the pleasure of making art. She has a successful history teaching art to all age groups. Her lessons are taught on the principle that everyone can learn to communicate visually.
She is actively involved in classes at her studio at Stormwater Studios. There, she instructs youth and adult students. "Working with my students has enabled me to think more creatively about my own work. The friendly atmosphere and beautiful surroundings are perfect for painting.”
McNinch also developed an art program at District Five's Alternative Academy where she taught at-risk middle and high school students. Midlands Technical College, Continuing Education Program awarded her Adjunct Faculty of the Year. The Caring Colors Program, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association and the South Carolina Arts Commission, was a favorite project.
To learn more, call Michel at 803-360-2994.