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Michelle Caitens is an Australian artist who grew up around the hinterland ranges and coastal beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and now lives in Brisbane. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, North America, U.K., Japan, China and around Australia which has greatly influenced her appreciation of the natural world, particularly the unique wildlife of Australia.
 
Michelle has won numerous awards including three Best-in-Shows and is a committee member and editor of the Queensland Wildlife
Artists’ Society. She supports a number of conservation organisations including the Wildlife Preservation Society, Australian Orangutan
Project, World Wildlife Fund, Save the Bilby Fund, Wombat Protection Society of Australia and Wildlife Warriors.
Painting primarily in heat-set oils, Michelle enjoys a realistic style, focussing
mainly on wildlife and nature, using light and shadows to create atmosphere. With her art, she hopes to connect with the viewer emotively, touching a memory or perhaps providing a glimpse into the beauty of wildlife and the natural world.
 
‘If in some way, wildlife art can help create awareness of the amazing world
in which we live, then we have achieved some success.’
Michelle is married with three children, is a teacher and has illustrated
music books, conducted school workshops and is involved in a school student mentoring program. For many years, she worked as a dance teacher and calligrapher. Michelle has also painted numerous murals in private homes, been involved in two school mural projects, one as Artist-in-Residence and enjoys painting portraits of people and pets.
Painting-Studio
‘Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul
... and you answer.’ Richés
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Painting Studio
    Selected Achievements & Awards:

 

  • Best Small Works Award - Qld WIldlife Artists International Show, Logan Art Gallery, 2012
  • 1st Prize Matt Campbell Memorial Award - Arts Alliance Artsfest, Pine Rivers, 2011
  • People’s Choice - Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Wild Art for Wildlife, 2011
    1st Prize Matt Campbell Memorial Award - Arts Alliance Artsfest, Pine Rivers, 2010
    Editor’s Choice Wildscape Magazine (UK) - International Show, Logan Art Gallery, 2010
    Front Cover image Wildscape Magazine (UK), Sept 2010
    People’s Choice Award - Moreton Bay Art Awards, 2010
    Commended - Matthew Flinders Art Awards, Bribie Island Art Gallery, 2010
    1st Prize, Pastel - Dakabin Art Show, 2010
    2nd Prize - Dakabin Art Show, 2010
    People’s Choice Award - Bell Art Show, 2010
    1st Prize - Bell Art Show, 2010
    1st Prize Matt Campbell Memorial Award - Arts Alliance Artsfest, Pine Rivers, 2009
    2nd Prize, Pastel - Arts AllianceArtsfest, Pine Rivers, 2009
    Champion and 3 x 1st Prize, - Dakabin Art Show, 2009
    2nd Prize x 2, - Dakabin Art Show, 2009
    1st Prize x 2, - Bell Art Show, 2009
    2nd Prize, - Bell Art Show, 2009
    People’s Choice Award - Bell Art Show, 2009
    People’s Choice Award - Gold Rush Competition, Gympie, 2008
    Best in Show - Arts Alliance Artsfest, Pine Rivers, Brisbane, 2008
    First Prize, Pastel - Arts Alliance Artsfest, Pine Rivers, Brisbane, 2008
    Highly Commended, Encouragement Award - Kenilworth Arts Show, 2008
    Highly Commended, Still Life - Kenilworth Arts Show, 2008
    Best in Show - Matthew Flinders Art Prize, Bribie Island, 2008
    First Prize, Oil Section - Matthew Flinders Art Prize, Bribie Island, 2008
    Highly Commended - Nudgee College Art Show, 2008
    Finalist - Pine Rivers Art Awards, 2008
    1st Prize, Still Life - Bell Art Show, 2008
    2nd Prize, Pastel - Bell Art Show, 2008
    Highly Commended - Bell Art Show, 2008
    People’s Choice Award - Bell Art Show, 2008
    Packing Room Prize - Bell Art Show, 2008
    Feature Article and Demonstration Article - Artist’s Palette Magazine, 2008
    Finalist - Stanthorpe Art Prize, 2008
    Special Encouragement Award - Qld Wildlife Art Society, Logan Art Gallery, 2007
    1st Prize, Pastel Section - Gold Rush Competition, Gympie, 2007
    People’s Choice Award - Gold Rush Competition, Gympie, 2007
    Finalist - Lexus Mortimore Art Prize, Dubbo Indoors Gallery, 2007
    Highly Commended - Kenilworth Arts Show, 2007
    Bronze Award, Watercolour - Wildlife Art @ CSIRO Discovery Centre, Canberra, 2007
    Finalist - Australian Artist Magazine Competition, 2007
    People’s Choice Award, 2nd - Qld Wildlife Artists Exhibition, Broadbeach, 2007
    2nd Prize - Royal Qld Show, Brisbane - Open Class, Native Australian Wildlife, 2006
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Michelle Caitens - Australian Wildlife Artist specialising in realistic wildlife, historic homes, pet portraits, portraits, fine art, Australian wildlife, animals, bilby, endangered, conservation, nature and still life painting, wildlife, Australian, nature, painting, artist, still life, koala, kookaburra, flowers, old lamp, kangaroo, dolphin, Brisbane, Old Museum, Venice, terns, tigers, banksia, QWASI