Light Chasers
Plein Air Painters of the Suncoast

Michelle Held - Featured Artist

Michelle Held's Photo

Painting en plein air confirms Michelle's love for this beautiful world and the wonders of the Florida environment. She has an insatiable appetite for color, light, and texture, and she strives to inspire happiness, trigger your imagination and make an emotional connection with the viewer. Exaggerating each brushstroke and every color selection, her goal is to create a painting that exudes the magical beauty of every subject she paints.
Michelle has been a working artist in Sarasota Florida for 22 years. Her passionate work in faux finishing and murals propelled her into a career in fine art. Her work has been featured in many publications, most recently Home and Design and Style magazines, and her painting even appeared on HGTV's Extreme Homes.

She is especially known for her exquisite paintings of Florida's iconic bird life, and has also frequently been commissioned to paint landscapes as well as family portraits. You won’t want to miss her demo or mini workshop.

Michelle Held's Image 1


  • Demo:  December 14, 2017
  • Topic:  Painting with Emotion
  • Location:  North Jetter
  • Mini Workshop:  Michelle’s mini workshop will be in the afternoon after her demo.
  • The demo is free. The mini workshops cost $75. Sign up with Michelle.
You can find Michelle painting at many of Florida’s best Paint Outs. She gave painting demos at the Birdapalooza Wildlife Show in Lake Apopka last year, sponsored by the Apopka Audubon Society. Michelle’s work is collected by both artists and collectors

When painting, Michelle looks for the emotional connection first. Then she considers the composition, perspective, values, brushwork and overall technique shown in the painting.

Michelle has a spontaneous personality, and her enthusiasm for art is contagious. Do not miss her demo or her mini workshop this year. We are very happy to have Michelle Held as a Featured Artists of the Light Chasers.
Michelle Held Image 2
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