I work in oils on board. All my work is inspired by nature. I love to paint flowers, and strive to show their complex shapes and gorgeous textures and colours. I think I would say that colour is what excites me most.
My other great interest is wildlife. I am very fortunate to have hares, foxes and deer right outside my window, and they give me endless inspiration. I try to capture the movement and the essence of the animal.
Michelle Bennett-Oates trained as an artist with her father, Bennett Oates, who was an internationally renowned flower painter. In the first few years of her career she painted wildlife, and exhibited regularly with the Tryon and Moorland Gallery. In 1983 Michelle was elected to the Society of Wildlife artists. Some years ago she decided to concentrate on still life flower painting. Michelle’s medium is oil on board, which was traditional with the Dutch School of flower painters.
She has exhibited her flower paintings at the Fell Gallery in Singapore and at the Eaton Gallery and Oakham Gallery in London.
Michelle moved to Dumfries and Galloway in 2010, but still regularly exhibit both flower and wildlife paintings at the Elford Gallery in Tavistock, near where she used to live.