I've always been artistic. 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 also 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 digital and creative works. I also 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 an art piece for the client's home.

I have received numerous awards for my work, including the top scoring image from the state of Tennessee Southeastern Professional Photographers Association district photographic competition, as well as first place in PPA's prestigious International Photographic Competition. I have been honored by Canon Corporation with the prestigious "Canon Par-Excellence Award " on two different occasions for my submitted bodies of artwork. I have also been published many, many times in books and magazines.

As wonderful as all those accolades sound - my greatest honor is to be able to say that my artwork hangs in homes from Maine to Washington! 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 also 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
Fine Portrait Art
Elevate Your Art