Michelle Philip is a classically trained contemporary painter. She is also the director of the Classical Art Academy, a private Atelier in Boulder Colorado. Michelle grew up in Zimbabwe, but now lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. When she is not in the studio, Michelle can usually be found riding her horse 'Savannah' in the vast areas of open space surrounding Boulder.
Michelle is skilled in several different media and has extensively researched the techniques of the Old Masters. At the Classical Art Academy, Michelle teaches Drawing Fundamentals, Oil Painting Foundation, Alla Prima Portraiture, Masters Reproduction, and Figure Drawing.
Michelle's mature individual style is a complex, deeply layered approach incorporating oil, gilding, encaustic, and linear effects. She often draws on imagery from her African past, as well as painting animals and figures.