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Michelle Decker

A lion rolls onto his back & yawns. A cheetah surveys the morning horizon. Alerted impala cock their ears & an elephant raises his trunk to the scent on the wind – these are the moments I wait for – this is why I paint.

South Africa is my home & theirs. We are warmed by the same earth-baking sun, cooled by the same dust-soaking rains & united by our love of the grass, trees, rivers & skies of this land. My hand seems guided to draw attention to the gift we have in these creatures and to represent them.

My intimate knowledge of African wildlife & their magnificent detail is the result of many hours spent amongst them, photographing them & observing their behaviour. This time not only connects me to them, but obligates me to honour their natures by correctly & sincerely portraying them.

In my Sepia series, my intent is always to focus on the character of the animal which is conveyed through the eyes & body language. This is achieved through thoughtful composition, omission of background & a limited colour palette. Working in acrylic paint allows me to create highly detailed texture, accentuating posture & movement while keeping focal points, such as eyes, soft & life-like.

In my Sun series, I specifically use colour to convey the mood of the animal & it’s relationship with the African sun in all its’ vibrant hues. As it washes wildlife in colour – burning outlines & blending them with their surroundings, I single out the most intense hue of any given scene & amplify it. I use liquid acrylic for its vibrant pigment & unpredictable nature – which seems aptly comparable to that of wildlife, and in a loser, more spontaneous application, sun & mood become one.

– Michelle Decker

Having grown up in South Africa, Michelle has an obvious love for the outdoors & wildlife which she expresses in a bold, distinctive style & limited colour palette which she refers to as “sepia”.

Working in acrylics & with a high level of detail, Michelle captures the true spirit & nature of the animals she paints. She spends a great deal of time in the wild photographing all her subjects personally – giving her first-hand knowledge of their character and detail, enabling her to express the mood of the moment. Her cropping & omission of backgrounds is very intentional as she strives to draw attention to the essence of the animal. Often only a portion of the animal is shown while the rest – “the unnecessary information” as she calls it, bleeds off one or more sides of the canvas. Constantly inspired by new aspects of nature, Michelle’s work is always evolving as her influences change. While capturing character is always the focus of her work, form, texture & of late, colour, are all elements that are continually shaping her style.

Born with a natural artistic ability, Michelle was encouraged from a young age to develop her talent through school & private art classes. A collage degree in graphic design, which prepared her for a career in advertising rather than art, gave her the foundational skills of drawing, painting & photography that have since helped her development as an artist.

Having been a full-time artist for more than 15 years, sold work privately all over the world & exhibited extensively throughout South Africa & America, Michelle’s work is growing in recognition & following. Her heart’s desire is to share the beauty she sees in nature & to represent wildlife in a way that brings greater appreciation of it into the modern home.

Michelle Decker

Native Visions Gallery - Jupiter

104 Breakwater Court
Jupiter, FL, 33477
Map / Directions
(p) 561.741.1600    (f) 561.741.3311

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Gallery@NativeVisions.com

Native Visions Gallery - Naples

737 5th Avenue South
Naples, Florida 34102
Map / Directions
(p) 239.643.3785    (f) 239.643.5346

Hours of Operation
Monday-Saturday 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 11:00am - 9:00pm
NaplesGallery@NativeVisions.com

  • Trouble Maker - 26208

    Trouble Maker

    Size: 51 x 25 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26208

  • Roadside Diner - 26207

    Roadside Diner

    Size: 39 1/4 x 27 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26207

  • Morning Rockstar - 26206

    Morning Rockstar

    Size: 33 x 23 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26206

  • Hidden Giants - 26205

    Hidden Giants

    Size: 33 x 23 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26205

  • Fox Trot - 26192

    Fox Trot

    Size: 19 1/2 x 27 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26192

  • Spirit Calls - 26204

    Spirit Calls

    Size: 33 x 23
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26204

  • Skimming The Surface - 26191

    Skimming The Surface

    Size: 25 1/2 x 51
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26191

  • Fire Walk - 26203

    Fire Walk

    Size: 33 x 23 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26203

  • Goose II - 26185

    Goose II

    Size: 19 1/2 x 27 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26185

  • Goose I - 26184

    Goose I

    Size: 19 1/2 x 27 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26184

  • Gull II - 26196

    Gull II

    Size: 9 3/4 x 19 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26196

  • Gull I - 26195

    Gull I

    Size: 19 1/2 x 9 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26195

  • Tail Wind - 26190

    Tail Wind

    Size: 27 1/2 x 39 1/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26190

  • Copper Sun - 26202

    Copper Sun

    Size: 19 1/2 x 9 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26202

  • Leap Of Faith - 26194

    Leap Of Faith

    Size: 51 x 25 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26194

  • Head Down - 26201

    Head Down

    Size: 19 1/2 x 9 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26201

  • Ablaze - 26200

    Ablaze

    Size: 19 1/2 x 9 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26200

  • Dawn Dazzle - 26199

    Dawn Dazzle

    Size: 30 x 20
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26199

  • Young Gun - 26187

    Young Gun

    Size: 51 x 25 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26187

  • Dusty Dog - 26198

    Dusty Dog

    Size: 35 x 18
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26198

  • Golden Girl - 26197

    Golden Girl

    Size: 19 1/2 x 9 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26197

  • Running Start - 26189

    Running Start

    Size: 31 1/2 x 31 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26189

  • Twist - 26186

    Twist

    Size: 47 1/4 x 15 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26186

  • Mindful Movement - 26183

    Mindful Movement

    Size: 47 1/4 x 15 3/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26183

  • Disgruntled - 26182

    Disgruntled

    Size: 27 1/2 x 19 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26182

  • Take A Bow - 26181

    Take A Bow

    Size: 39 1/4 x 39 1/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26181

  • SOLD – Authority - 26188

    SOLD – Authority

    Size: 25 1/2 x 51
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26188

  • SOLD – Facing The Storm - 26193

    SOLD – Facing The Storm

    Size: 59 x 31 1/2
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26193

  • SOLD – Victory Lap - 26180

    SOLD – Victory Lap

    Size: 39 1/4 x 39 1/4
    Medium: Acrylic on canvas

    Product #: 26180