Michelle Tholen

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Graceful Place Oil On Canvas 50 X 54 X 1.5 Inches © Michelle Tholen
Yellow Light, 2005 Oil On Canvas 48 X 60" © Michelle Tholen
Crimson Luminescence, 2007 Oil On Canvas 54 X 44" © Michelle Tholen
Selfless Moment, 2007 Oil On Canvas 50 X 54" © Michelle Tholen
Into Light, 2009 Oil On Canvas 48 X 60" © Michelle Tholen
Quick Facts
Lives in
San Francisco
landscape, modern

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.

About the Artist:

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.  


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