Melbourne Artist – Sam Michelle Paintings

This is a post I have been wanting to do for some time now. I always have so many ideas, projects and bits and pieces I would love to do and share. Constantly whirling around inside my head. Problem is with me they tend to remain as visions, never to leave my head. I’ve decided that this year will be my year of taking action. Doesn’t matter how much, so long as I take regular action I will feel good.
With that in mind I would like to introduce you to my lovely friend of over 10 years, Sam Michelle.
We met at work in the corporate jungle.  It was nice to meet someone there who shared a passion for the arts. We would often go for walks to visit galleries during our lunch break.  Our kids are almost the same ages so it has been great to share in  those experiences, events and milestones with her too.

At first I had no idea that Sam was a talented artist herself.  I remember many years ago Sam asking me if I would feed her pets while she was away. I hadn’t actually been to her house before.  I will never forget that day when I first walked into her house.  There were incredible paintings everywhere.  They all had the same signature – Sam Michelle.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

It has been so wonderful to witness Sam’s progression as an artist.  That first time I saw her paintings I noticed how amazing they all were, however each of them could easily have been painted by a different artist.  Now Sam has truly found her style and niche.  She has a long list of acheivements and is represented by Suburban Gallery in Brighton.  I have to say it is so cool that we can have a coffee at our favourite local cafe and see her awesome work on the walls.

Sam is now living her dream of leaving the corporate world behind, working in her own studio and spending more quality time with her beautiful family.

So here I go taking action on one of those visions I’ve had floating around my head for so long. A while ago I was inspired by a photo essay I saw in Click magazineAlana Rasbach, a photographer from Nashville had photographed a local artist in her studio.  Since then I have really wanted to capture Sam at work. I love the way she has set up her studio with her precious family photos, treasures from her kids and her early artworks.  I love the light coming through the windows and the splatters of paint on her headphones and computer.  Most of all I love that she can work while having her kids close by to cuddle.  You can see more of Sam’s personal work, commissions and tutoring over at Sam Michelle Paintings.

Thanks to Sam for allowing me into the studio so I can tick this off my list:)



  • January 27, 2015 - 10:52 pm

    Ann Baker - What a great post Narelle Bailey Photography. Sam’s work is amazing. So lucky when I lived in Melbourne to watch her paint when we went to art class together!! PS your photography is amazing, I saw that went we did art together also !!ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2015 - 7:19 am

    Sam Michelle - Paintings - Treasured photos and story, love your work Narelle Bailey xReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

    Suzanne Humphries - Oh my gosh I love, love, love those paintings in the cafe!!!!! To think a local did them, I love them even more!!! Congrats to you both for following your passions. So nice to have a friend that is supportive and knows just what you’re yearning for.ReplyCancel

  • January 28, 2015 - 10:00 am

    Leila Stecher - Narelle and Sam, you compliment one another beautifully. Well done to two very talented ladies.ReplyCancel

  • January 29, 2015 - 4:13 pm

    Helen Bartlett - These are lovely Narelle, what an interesting project!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2015 - 10:23 pm

    Sabrina Gebhardt Photography - I LOVE this. Her work is amazing and you did a fantastic job capturing the spirit of her work and her studio!ReplyCancel

  • February 19, 2015 - 2:05 am

    Alise Maloney Kowalski - I love the documentary, behind the scenes images! You captured your beautiful subject in such a lovely way!ReplyCancel

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