Exhibit Details

Date: July 16th – August 30th 2024

Location: The Arts Council Lobby

Description: There’s no place like Texas! The Lone Star State is brimming with unique and quirky landmarks. In Michelle’s series, “Obscure Texas,” she captures some of those obscure places, bringing each landscape to life in a colorful and humorous way. The artist’s favorite Texas animal (the armadillo) makes a hidden appearance in most of the paintings. Travel across Texas with Michelle as she explores unusual landmarks on this colorful adventure.

Michelle Florence

Inspired by color, Michelle understands how color impacts our daily lives and emotions. Growing up in Texas, she was never satisfied with a Crayola box of 64 crayons – she wanted more! At age 3, Michelle used that box of crayons to bring life to her boring white walls. Today, her art (and walls) continues to be filled with vivid colors that evoke cheerful and bright emotions in her graphic/pop art style. The mediums she enjoys include acrylic, gouache, watercolor, fused and stained glass, photography, clay, and pen and ink. Whether with a brush, pen, or mouse, Michelle strives to create art that brings a smile to her audience.


Michelle’s artistic pursuits have earned recognition in Texas, where her works on canvas, photography, and graphic design have been honored with numerous awards. She is currently in an exhibition at Rice University-Glasscock School. Her artwork is also found at Art Machine Gallery in Sawyer Yards and along SH 6 south on two traffic control boxes. Recently, Michelle was the featured artist at the “Art in the Bend” art festival in Richmond, TX, where she will also decorate two traffic control boxes later in 2024.

Artist Statement

Creating art is my happy place. My artwork is a vibrant celebration of creativity, color, and the emotions brought to life on canvas. With bold strokes and a meticulous eye for detail, I strive to capture the essence of everyday life and transform it into remarkable art. My pieces radiate the energy of pop culture and the beauty of our surroundings, whether it’s an iconic figure, a captivating cityscape, or an unguarded moment in time. I aim to engage the audience in a visual conversation, urging them to embark on a journey through my artistic evolution. I hope my art stirs emotion, provokes thought, and ignites a happy place in those who encounter it. Art is my kaleidoscope, and I invite you to join me on my ever-inspiring, colorful adventure.

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