April 12, 2018 – Michelle Johnson Fairchild paints to capture moments in time. Whether that moment be a walk along the dunes with only the sound of the tide, the happy go-lucky sprit of a beloved pet, or the expression that define an iconic celebrity’s passion for music or film, Fairchild has an uncanny ability to use paint and canvas to evoke a strong emotional response.
Fairchild has an artist’s heart, hands and love for COLOR! A portrait artist, published illustrator, and painter with a passion for life, she is also a survivor of domestic violence. Fairchild survived an attempt to end her life as well as the butchering of nearly 100 paintings. Following her entire life’s work as an artist being destroyed in an act of violence, she began using her art and story to educate and empower victims and she has spoken nationally about her experience. The hope found in her survivor’s story has been instrumental in helping others escape violent relationships and find healing through artwork.
After resigning from a 23-year career of teaching high school art, Michelle has devoted the last year-and-a-half to honing her craft and painting daily. She and her family have called the Crystal Coast home for a little over a year and have recently opened a gallery and working studio in downtown Morehead City called Gypsybee Studios and Gallery. She continues to teach all age groups and host workshops in her studio. Fairchild recently won an Award of Excellence at Arts Council of Carteret County's Art from the Heart.
Visit the gallery at 801 Arendell Street Suite #3, Morehead City so see her “Larger than Life” display of celebrity portraits ranging from John Lennon to the Wizard of Oz.