My name is Michaela, but most people know me as Mikey! I grew up in Grand County in Hot Sulphur Springs and graduated from Middle Park High School. I went to Colorado Mesa University and focussed on painting and graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art. I am now a freelance artist in Granby, where I work from my home studio. I absolutely love animals, and that reflects a lot in my work. My main goal is to spread joy, there is nothing I love more than being able to make people smile! I often use bright colors and try to capture as much detail as possible in order to bring an animal to life. I feel that animals are something everyone can bond over, and that brings us closer together!
This years theme resonates with me because no matter how hard things can get, I have realized I always try to find the sunshine, because life is too short not to soak up as much warmth as we can. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have my days where I feel as though nothing is going right. But then I think of the smell after it rains, my mom’s hugs, my sister’s laugh, or my pug’s snores, and those things that seem so small in the moment remind me that the storm doesn’t last forever and there’s always a brighter side if we choose to see it. We all have the capability to lift each other up and keep each other going when the going gets tough, and all it takes is a bit of kindness! Times are tough, but the human spirit is tougher. Nothing can break us if we don’t let it!