Artist and polymath Nicole Michaud was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, and has called the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest home throughout her life. Michaud’s ability to thrive in varied environments explains her effortless transition between mediums and stylistic approaches throughout her career. Fueled by travel and nature, Michaud was awarded the Women’s Board Travel Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the institution where she also earned her Certificate of Fine Arts. She used this award to study abroad in Europe in 2011. Upon her return, Michaud settled in Philadelphia.
Dreams by Nicole Michaud, 2018. Oil on canvas, 40 x 42 inches. Inquire for price.
Michaud uses oil paint and pastels to explore how subconscious minds interact with their actual environment. These explorations come to fruition as colorful abstract paintings on canvas, vibrant oil pastels on paper, and most uniquely, nostalgic landscapes rendered using oil on mylar. In this latest series, Michaud draws on inspiration from ever-changing terrain. Her abstract landscapes encourage remembrance and reflection. She creates beautiful images from memory with surreal qualities that serve as cathartic tools for physical and emotional transformation.
Heartland by Nicole Michaud, 2015. Oil pastel on paper, 4.75 x 5.75 inches. Inquire for price.
Nicole Michaud has received several other awards including the Maurice Freed Memorial Prize from the Woodmere Art Museum, the Artists’ House Gallery Award, and the Catherine Grant Memorial Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She has also exhibited throughout Pennsylvania and New York as well as overseas in London.
Fates by Nicole Michaud, 2022. Oil on linen, 58 x 70inches. Inquire for price.
It is evident that Michaud is able to work in many styles and mediums while maintaining craftsmanship. Her work also varies in size - making it possible for a collector working within any budget to acquire a genuine Michaud. Click below to browse her ouvre and select a work for yourself.