I was born expressing myself creatively. Art. Music. Dance. It’s who I am.
The 7th Magazine’s #Art7Star feature this week is Michal Madison Art. We came across her beautiful creations on Instagram & absolutely had to delve into the personality behind the artistry. Meet Michal Madison Art –
What made you decide to choose art as a career?
I was born expressing myself creatively. Art. Music. Dance. It’s who I am. When I was young I lived at the piano and dreamed of being a concert pianist. In college I wanted to study art and music, but listened to others, and earned a Master’s Degree in something completely unrelated to either. Then one day I decided to listen to my heart and start living the life of my dreams. And here I am!
Do you have anyone in your life that inspires you and your art?
I am inspired by the Infinite Love that designed each of us. Our Creator is the most amazing Artist of all. Look at all of the colors of our skin & the different shapes of our eyes. I love that so much. I am definitely a citizen of the world.
I recently discovered Chinese watercolor artist Lui Yunsheng. He captures the depth of humanity with amazing detail that remains alive with the transparent beauty of watercolor. His art is beyond amazing to me.
I am inspired by so many people, I could easily turn this into a book ;-). There are so many incredible people who are sharing their soul and making the world a more enchanting place.
Your watercolor paintings are beautiful! What made you choose this method of painting?
Thank you so much! I am deeply grateful for your appreciation.
Watercolor captured my heart in a way no other medium did. It’s… Spontaneous. Transparent. Subtle. Bold. Dynamic. Vulnerable. Challenging. I find it irresistibly captivating.
Why did you decide to donate 10% of every sale to ChildHelp and the Make A Wish Foundation? Do any of them hold a special place in your heart?
I believe in empowering children. Both Childhelp & Make-a-Wish Foundation help children, in difficult circumstances, find hope & believe in the power of dreams.
If I could, I would take every one of these children in my arms. I would hold them close to my heart & tell them, “You are not what has happened to you. You are not the abuse you endured. You are worthy of love. You are not the pain that is ravaging your body. You are worthy of perfect health. You are so much more Magical than you can imagine. You are pure Unlimited Potential. I love you & I believe in you!” Those are the exact words I needed to hear in my past.
Talk to me some more about your galleries. What is the inspiration for “Art for Awareness” and “Abstract Feelings”?
A few years ago my life was in a very broken place and I decided if I was ever going to change my circumstances, I had to change me. Painting gave me the ability to explore feelings I couldn’t put into words.
Only as I faced the darkness I’d experienced in my life, was I able to truly embrace my light and live in the freedom of joy.
“Art for Awareness” is a collection of pieces that expressed the pain I felt when I was “surviving” my life, instead of creating it. “Abstract Feelings” has some of the art I’ve created when I was accessing parts of my soul that couldn’t be contained in a portrait.
Both of these processes helped me become the person I am today, with a completely different mindset. So while I am no longer living in a place of pain, I continue to share that art for those who are just starting their healing journey. I want to inspire others to face their fears, surrender their past to a Higher Power and dwell in possibilities.
Your art is also on apparel and everyday items like pillows and phone cases. What was that expansion into these kinds of sales like?
Art isn’t just something we hang on our walls. It’s a way of life, a way of seeing the world through new eyes. I’m grateful to be part of Fine Art America. They continue to expand the opportunities to enjoy art in variety of ways in our everyday life.
Where do you see your art headed in the future?
My art will continue to evolve. It’s something I love to do. Art is the soul made visible. I choose to continue to live my life in vulnerable transparency.
I like what Maya Angelou once said, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”