Michelle Stephann

When it comes to visual and graphic arts, Michelle Stephann is your gal. Not only can she draw or paint using a brush and a blank canvas but her art can also be found on murals, restaurant walls, digital art, designer bags and even critically acclaimed magazines in the Philippines.
She can turn anything into a work of art that even her old bags look brand new after painting them. Get to know her better from this interview we had with her. Her soul and vibe is full of energy and colors that you will be enthralled and would want to have more of her art out there.
 
An Interview with Michelle Stephann
 
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Michelle: I started getting serious with painting, drawing at age 16 since I used to be more focused on my singing when I was younger. but I think the foundation of my creativity began earlier at home, at a very young age. Since both my parents are artists, I was constantly surrounded by art of all sorts. So I guess that's where I picked it up.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Michelle: I admire A LOT of artists. But I would say my biggest influences are a lot closer to
home-- my parents. Since I've seen their art evolve growing up and quite on a daily basis
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Michelle: It would be so romantic to say to make art is my only purpose in life, it's not. I think my purpose is being exactly where I am now, and playing my part in an elaborate stage/play (Jim Carey, I know) Haha But making/producing art, I can say is something that I want to be doing for the rest of my life. :)
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Michelle: Usually I just get an idea, a blurry image of what i want to paint, then i slowly build from that. Since i like to draw faces I do my research, make studies on facial structures, anatomy and also of other elements like florals, leaves, etc. Then I plot the idea in a rough draft. When Im satisfied with my composition, i just go and paint but i do change or add a few details along the way, when im doing the actual painting, if i see that it works better. 
 
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Michelle: There are so many styles coming out. A lot of different kinds of artists pushing boundaries. Which I find very, very exciting. 
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Michelle: I really want to see myself more established. I want to be in a position where I can pay it forward, give back to my community in the Philippines. Teaching art to kids, teenagers. Put up an arts school for the less fortunate. (YAAAAS!) 
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Michelle: Mistakes are good. Well, in my opinion. Make mistakes! But if character is concerned, arrogance should be avoided. If you can't see or accept your mistakes, you can never grow and learn from them. Therefore, you can't be better. 
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Michelle: I think it's finding out your own unique style and how you can clearly convey what you want say through your art, 'cause that has a lot to do with knowing who you are, how you want to be represented.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Michelle: It's the part when you put all your tools down and you look at your finished piece and say, 'that is my heart right there', and you like what you see. It kinda doesn't matter what other people think of it. Of course it's a bonus when people actually do like your work, but the satisfaction of seeing your hard work, ideas, thoughts, emotions all put together and completed is unlike any other feeling. 
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