PAINTING | MIXED-MEDIA
"My work is inspired by a life-long love of history. When I was a teenager, my grandfather became interested in genealogy and traced our family back hundreds of years. The rich story of my heritage fascinated me, but what really turned me into a history junkie was seeing copies of old family papers and photographs. It was through these preserved remnants of everyday life that I felt a connection to those that came before me and to my grandfather.
"My love of old paper is often the foundation of my work. It is the jumping-off point to an entirely new idea and image. Whether I am working with encaustic, paint, collage, or a combination of all three, I work in the studio with a general concept, but I am substantially informed by intuition.
"Originally from South Louisiana, I now live in San Antonio, Texas in a century-old fixer-upper with my husband, 2 children, one loud beagle, and a sneaky chihuahua."
— Michelle Trahan-Carson