Michelle “Merle” Pace

I have spent my entire life making art of some kind or another and developed my own artistic style by working with different mediums and studying faces, animals, and mystical places. I try to express my imagination in my artwork because, for me, it always made everything seem more mysterious and magical and gave me a break from the realities of everyday life.

I studied photography and printmaking at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  At the Art Institute of San Miguel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I learned batik and textile dying techniques as well as Silver-smithing.  I also studied art history and archeology in Athens, Greece.  I traveled in England studying the history of Theatre Design. While living in New England, I developed my own style of watercolor painting, learned bead weaving and other jewelry techniques.

All of my creations are inspired by my travels and my love of Folklore and history from around the world. I’m also influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau movements. I draw upon the bold use of color in South American countries. 

In my paintings and prints, I try to evoke the styles of the medieval painters as well as the stillness of the first photographer’s subjects. I like to mix all of these styles and eras to create pieces that are unique and hopefully give the viewer a glimpse into other-worldly places and people.

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