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2020 Artist: Michelle Robson

Recognize this scene? Now imagine it with about 120 artists, food, and music in July.

"Waukee Centennial Park," by Michelle Robson of Michelle Robson Original Paintings of Des Moines.

"I grew up on a farm in small town Iowa. I have been painting ever since I can remember. Growing up in basically the middle of nowhere meant I spent a good amount of time outdoors. Therefore, I mostly painted what I knew – Iowa rural landscapes.

As I have grown and traveled more, I have expanded my painting subjects. All of my paintings are done from photographs, but I am not a plagiarist. Aside from commissioned paintings, all of the paintings are places I have personally been to.

I work mainly in acrylic paint, although I did use oils in college, and hope to one day get back to them. I love using bright colors while still making them look realistic. With my art I hope to express the beauty of nature, even the stereotypical “boring” and flat Iowa rural landscapes."

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