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Hello friend,

So a little about me...

The pursuit of creativity has always been a driving force.

I grew up drawing and painting with any medium I could find (which got me in trouble on more than one occasion when I was little!). While my artistic skills are predominantly self-taught, I am a firm believer that education is vital to success. Most people that visit my website don’t realize that I hold a Master Artist degree, a Master Photographer degree, as well as a Photographic Craftsman Degree. I am also a Certified Professional Photographer. That makes me uniquely equipped to create beautiful art in several mediums.

Since 2001, I have been using the skills I've learned creating commissioned works of art in oils, graphite style, as well as creating commissioned hand-rendered, mixed media artwork. I accept a limited number of photographic sessions each year for children and families as well as high school seniors with the ultimate goal from those sessions being a custom painted art piece for the client's home.

I have received numerous awards for my work, including being one of less than a dozen people in history to ever be given the honor of "double diamond" in an international competition that garners over 5,000 entries each year.  For a full listing of my awards, please scroll to the bottom of this page.  As wonderful as the accolades are - my greatest honor is to be able to say that my artwork hangs in homes around the world! I have no greater pleasure than this!

I have often been asked what my philosophy is regarding my art. It's actually quite simple...

"Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." Colossians 3:23

I approach each and every art piece I create with this mindset because I want them to be the absolute best I can possibly make them!

I spend a great deal of time teaching others to "Elevate their Art".  You can find my online courses over at elevateyourart.com.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy your stay :)

Michelle Parsley, M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr., CPP

Master Portrait Artisan
www.parsleyfineart.com

Elevate Your Art
www.elevateyourart.com

 

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Michelle's International Award-Winning Work

Awards

2009 - Certified Professional Photograhper 

2012 - Silver Photographer of the Year

2012 - Gold Artist of the Year

2013 - Silver Photographer of the Year

2013 - Diamond Artist of the Year

2013 - Best in Show Illustrative

2013 - Canon Par Excellence Award

2013 - Best in Show Southeast District

2013 - Polaroid Prestige Award

2014 - Platinum Photographer of the Year

2014 - Grand Imaging Award, First Place Artist

2014 - Master Artist Degree

2014 - Master Photographer Degree

2014 - Canon Par Excellence Award

2014 - ASP District Medallion Award

2015 - Imaging Excellence Award

2015 - Platinum Photographer of the Year

2015 - Platinum Artist of the Year

2015 - Grand Imaging Award, Third Place Artist

2015 - Photographic Craftsman Degree

2016 - Platinum Photographer of the Year

2016 - Gold Artist of the Year

2016 - ASP District Medallion Award

2016 - First Place, Artist, Southeast District

2016 - CPP District Award

2017 - Diamond Photographer of the Year

2017 - Diamond Artist of the Year

2017 - "Double Diamond"

2018 - Imaging Excellence Bar

2018 - Grand Imaging Award, Second Place, High School Seniors

2019 - Gold Artist of the Year

2019 - Grand Imaging Award, First Place Artist

Publications

2010 - Showcase Book, Volume XIII, p.138

2011 - Showcase Book, Volume XIV, p. 73

2011 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XIV, p. 22

2012 - Showcase Book, Volume XV, p. 24

2012 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XV, p. 68

2012 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XV, p. 69

2012 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XV, p. 141

2013 - PPA Magazine Feature, "You Kiss It!"

2013 - Showcase Book, Volume XVI, p. 30

2013 - Showcase Book, Volume XVI, p. 230

2013 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVI, p. 267

2013 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVI, p. 116

2013 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVI, p. 94

2013 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVI, p. 337

2013 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVI, p. 95

2014 - PPA Magazine "Diamond Artist of the Year" Feature

2014 - Showcase Book, Volume XVII, p. 170

2014 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVII, p. 228

2014 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVII, p. 420

2014 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVII, p. 421

2014 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVII, p. 228

2014 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVII, p. 229

2015 - Showcase Book, Volume XVIII, p. 107

2015 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVIII, p. 512

2015 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVIII, p. 22

2015 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVIII, p. 324

2015 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVIII, p. 513

2015 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVIII, p. 324

2015 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XVIII, p. 50

2016 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XIX, p. 337

2016 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XIX, p. 338

2016 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XIX, p. 478

2016 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XIX, p. 339

2016 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XIX, p. 479

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 36

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 283

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 284

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 285

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 21

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 333

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 61

2017 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XX, p. 34

2018 - PPA Magazine, "Double Diamond Artist" Feature

2019 - Showcase Book, Volume XXII, p. 330

2019 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XXII, p. 77

2019 - Loan Collection Book, Volume XXII, p. 298

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