Michelle Tholen

Self-taught Michelle Tholen learned to paint studying concepts of Rothko and Pollock at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and New York. The artist grew up in the Northern California and resides in San Francisco. Educated and working as an accountant, the artist found fulfillment creating art on the side. Following her passion, "Color & Form" was the first step into the art world. Fifteen years later as a full-time artist, she has created hundreds of works, currated numerous shows, and exhbiits through-out the bay area.


Inspired by artists Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, using color combination abstract lines are the subject. Simple and refined, "Color and Form" gives the middle line meaning, purpose, clarity and focus.  The artist creates a lure of light in color suggesting more than color and light found in the spiritual that illumines, fills and enlivens.

Tholen's landscape paintings are inspiration drawn from Northern California and concepts of JMW Turner. The sustenance of stunning mist laden rivers, lakes, and waterways infused with atmosphere and sense of tranquility. Searching for what she loves and trying to capture its essence by showing how interesting that moment in pursuit of the abstract and the timeless. Hopeful in feeling, they suggest real and imagined, material and ethereal, familiar and foreign places.

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