Michelle studied sculpture part-time at the Art School, Dunedin Polytechnic in 1987.
These studies opened the door to a passion and excitement that has continued ever since. Over the years since Michelle has continued to produce works mainly in bronze.
Her figurative sculptures have been exhibited in New Zealand and Australia. Her works have been regularly shown by a number of well-established fine art galleries in New Zealand. Her sculptures are held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Europe, Greece, Asia and wider Pacific.
In her figurative works she seeks to express simplicity of form, lightness and energy.
As well as more "quiet" studies of form many of her more recent pieces have sought to bring the bronze "alive" - in uplifting and sometimes humorous portrayals of human nature. Inner intentions and states of mind are described within the body language of her figurative works. Michelle's love of dance as a form of expression and release influence many of her pieces.
Through her love of & lifelong involvement with horses, Michelle has also developed a body of equine pieces - of a more classical style. In recent years she has received several commissions, both public and private, to sculpt life size bronze horses.
Currently Michelle is working on a new series of mainly figurative pieces.
One of these pieces has been selected as a finalist in the North Shore City Art Awards
"Of particular interest to me at this time is the expression of time , energy connections and occurances such as synchronicity which point us to influences which underly & steer existence"
To view more of Michelle scultures go to www.nzartguild.co.nz/michellefarrell