Michelle Fogarty’s stunning still life paintings beautifully reflect a moment in time; a split second, or maybe a long afternoon. She imagines people sitting around a dining table surrounded by pattern, colour, plates, vases, jugs, flowers and food and aims to evoke feelings of happiness and love.
The aim of my paintings is to try to represent a moment in time. Whether it is a fleeting moment or a long afternoon gathering, I can imagine people sitting around the table talking, laughing and enjoying life.
My paintings are usually painted from an aerial view. As though someone is watching over the table, observing the colours and shape of objects and the way the shadows play upon the scene.
I am completely obsessed with colour and pattern. I love the emotions that colour evokes and through pattern, I am able to portray an almost abstract quality to a still life.
I hope that people find happiness in my work. That they get lost in the pattern and find joy in the colours.
Michelle Fogarty has always been surrounded by art, her father is a professional artist and as a child she enjoyed drawing. Showing great talent in her artistic pursuits, this passion has continued to flourish throughout her life.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University, Michelle went on to gain a Diploma of Education. Art has always been the major focus of her career both in her business as a designer of hand-painted glass works and as an art teacher. Recently Michelle has responded to her longing to be a professional painter and now spend her days in her studio in Berwick, Victoria creating wonderfully colourful figurative and still life paintings.
Interior design and fashion have heavily influenced Michelle over the years; she loves pattern and colour and is always striving for something different within her paintings. She paints still life settings from an unusual perspective, looking down from above, which portrays an abstract quality. Michelle’s paintings are joyful, full of life with the intention of brightening up a space. Even though her journey as a professional painter is just beginning, she has dived-in with great gusto and passion, excited for what the future holds.