"For myself, seeing the painting gives me a different referencing, a different sense of existence. In a photo, however caught in the moment, one's image remains a still. In this painting 'I' am a mobile thing, a form in space, finally, 'a motive character'....dare I say it?...akin to a movie."

—James

Michele LiCalsi graduated from New York Universityís Institute of Fine Arts and has enjoyed a longstanding career as an artist, art conservator, and teacher. Michele has worked in Italy, Turkey, and the United States. She has taught courses in drawing and in fresco, oil, and acrylic painting, with an emphasis on expression through color.

To expand her craft, Michele has traveled throughout Europe studying the Old Masters. Her educational and professional background has provided her with a broad range of knowledge and skills. Her art reflects the deep influence of the work of these great artists. Besides accurately recording her subjectís outer appearance, Micheleís particular talent remains in sensing the inner self, allowing us to perceive a personís character, rather than merely recognizing his or her likeness. Michele has enjoyed observing and drawing the human figure all her life. Her paintings capture the true character of the sitter with unerring instinct and in-depth understanding.

Michele currently lives in New York City. She accepts commissions from around the world and travels widely to meet with clients.