Portland based artist, Michele Maule is one of our latest obsessions on Copious. Her authentic style and unique perspective gives her art a playful twist that leaves you wanting more. She turns everyday items into colorful masterpieces (oh, and you know she puts birds on things). Check out how Michele began printmaking, when she fell in love with Portland and what she’s up to next:
Introduce yourself. What do you do? Where are you from?
My name is Michele and I am a working artist. I’m a painter, illustrator and a print maker. I couldn’t decide which form of art I liked to do more, so I chose all three.
I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon for 15 years, but I’ve lived in many states. My dad was in the military, so we moved around a lot. Portland has been my favorite place to live so far, and I don’t plan on leaving any time soon.
How did you get into art, and specifically illustration?
I’ve always loved making art. It was always my favorite subject in school. I was conflicted in college as to what to major in. So, I just started taking art classes.
I loved my art classes so much that I just kept taking them. Eventually I graduated and had no idea what I was going to do with a degree in art. So, I just kept making art, and here I am today!
While in school, my focus was printmaking. Drawing and illustrating are big components in printmaking, and once I graduated I lost access to a printing press. I continued to draw and illustrate even though I couldn’t exactly turn those illustrations into print.
What inspires your work?
Everyday things inspire me and my work. I like to make art based on things that are overlooked. Chairs, clocks, and typewriters inspire my work. My personal life inspires my work quite a bit. Music is also a huge inspiration for me also. I cannot draw or paint without listening to music.
Who are some other artists you admire?
Frida Kahlo and Robert Rauschenberg are incredible artists. I also love Miranda July and Louis Bourgeois.
Why do you sell on Copious?
I like how people can connect and share on Copious. It’s also extremely easy to navigate and use, which I also like.
How has your art transformed and where do you see it going next?
I feel like my work is getting more detailed and free. I’m using nature more and more as subject matter and I’d like to continue with that. I’d love to go bigger next. Bigger and with much more collage and mixed media work.