(picture of Michele here)

Michele was born and raised at the base of the Big Horn Mountains in Sheridan Wyoming.She now resides in Casper on the windswept plains of central Wyoming.Her landscapes and still lives undulate with movement and color, her abstracts are energetic,  illuminating, rich in color and design and always uplifting, much like herself. She is equally at home in all mediums and a wide variety of styles. Using aesthetic realism and her unique use of color she creates paintings with the luminosity of stained glass. Whatever the subject matter, her original use of color is at the essence of her compositions. Creating a mood, a memory, a feeling, or a mirror image of reality, she gets you there. 

Michele teaches watercolor and mixed media classes at the Casper Recreation Dept. She maintains a studio in the Wolcott Galleria, located in the old Odd Fellows building. Her studio is on the third floor overlooking the downtown area of Casper.

Michele has signature status in several art organizations including: The International Society of Acrylic Painters, The Northwest Watercolor Society, The Montana, Wyoming and Northern Plains Watercolor Societies.

Michele's work has been accepted into many national and international shows including The National Watercolor Society, The National Acrylic Painters Association, The Royal Birmingham Sociey or Artists in Birmingham, England and the Northwest Watercolor Society.

Her works are widely represented in public, private and corporate collections across the United States, Taiwan, Japan, The Netherlands and Spain.


Michele McDonald
1802 South Mitchel
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 265-1518

Born:                Sheridan, WY
Resides:          Casper, WY
Education:       Casper Community College
Sonoma College, Vallejo, CA
Studied with: Carla O’Connor, Carole Barns, Steve Quiller, Jean Dobie

                        Artist Career Training Professional Development
03 – Present A.C.T. Continuing Graduate Program
02 – 03 A.C.T. Member program
04 – 04 A.C.T. Artist Action Group, Goal Minding
04 – A.C.T. Advisor Action Pack: Develop Artful Business Instincts
04 - A.C.T. – Advisor Action Pack: Upgrade your Exhibitions

Teaching Experience

2013- 1996 Casper Recreation Dept. Beginning Watercolor,
Watercolor and Mixed media.

            2012,  Acrylic workshop, West Wind Gallery, Casper, WY

            2011,  Acrylic workshop, Wheatland Artist Guild, Wheatland, WY

            2005, 04, 03, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Artist in Resident

            2004            A.C.T. Artmarketing teleclass-upgrade your
Featured Artist.

Museum Exhibitions

2010                Jackson Center for the Arts, Jackson Hole WY

2009                AVA Art Center, Gillette, WY

2006                NPWS, 11th Annual Exhibit, The Journey Museum, Rapid City, SD
2006                WOW Project, Windows of Wyoming, 40 x 65" panel installed on the
                         historical Townsend Hotel in downtown Casper, WY
2009 - 04         Northern Rockies Invitational, Nicolaysen Art Museum,
                        Casper, WY
2004                Douglas Invitational Art Show, Douglas, WY
                        (also, 2002,2003)
004                “These BOOTS are made for walking,” 8 ft. boot for 
                        Depot Museum, 
Cheyenne, WY
2003                “Where the BUFFALO roam,” life size buffalo,
                        Nicolaysen art Museum
2002                Nicolaysen Art Show and Auction, Casper, WY

One Person Shows

2005                The Metro, Casper, WY

2004                The Finishing Touch, Casper, WY
2004                Open Studio Tour, Studio Michele, Casper, WY,
                        (also 2000 &2001)
1999                Wyoming Arts Council Open Studio Tours,
                        Casper, WY
1997                Meadow Lark Gallery, Douglas, WY                       

Group Shows

2013            "Wyoming Watercolor Landscapes", Goodstein Gallery, Casper College, Casper WY

2013             "Four Seasons"  The Metro, Casper, WY

2012               Camplex art Gallery, Gillette, WY

2005                Scotch and Watercolor Show, Westwind Gallery, Casper, WY

2004                “Concepts with Contrast,” Nicolaysen Art Museum, 
                        Casper, WY
2004                West Wind Gallery, Casper, WY
2003                “A Moment in Time,” Tri Lakes Art Center,
                        Parker Lake, CO
2003                Dakota Art Gallery, Rapid City, SD
2003                Natrona County Public Library, Casper, WY
2002                Heritage Center Gallery, Gillette, WY
2002                Warm Springs Gallery, Dubois, WY
2001                “My Back Yard,” Wyoming Arts Council Gallery,
                        Cheyenne, WY
2001                “Landscape Invitational,” Dakota Gallery,
                        Rapid City, SD
2001                Goodstein Gallery, Casper Community College,
                        Casper, WY

Juried Exhibitions
2007-06            Western Colorado Watercolor Society,Grand Junction, CO.
2005              Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition, Cheyenne, WY
2004                Northern Rockies Invitational, Nicolaysen
                        Art Museum, Casper, WY
2004                Southeast Wyo. Art Show, Cheyenne,
                        WY (also 2003)
2003                “Challenge of Champions” Houston W/C Society,
                        Houston, TX
2003                Wyoming Watercolor Society, Wheatland, WY
                        (also, 2002, 2001)
2002                Montana Watermedia, Big Timber, MT
                        (also, 2001, 2002)
2001                Northwest Watercolor Society, Seattle,
                        WA (also, 2000, 1999)
1997                National Acrylic Painters Ass. Royal
                        Birmingham, England
1995                Women Artist of the West, CA,
                        (also, 1990, 91, 92, 93)
1993                National Watercolor Society, Brea, CA

Signature Memberships

ISAP, International Society of Acrylic Painters
NWWS, Northwest Watercolor Society
WWS, Wyoming Watercolor Society
MWS, Montana Watercolor Society
NPWS, Northern Plains Watercolor Society


PBS Special "Portraits of Wyoming"

Arts and Community, Casper Journal, May, 2004
Inside, Casper Star Tribune, June, 2003
Culinary Artistry, Casper Star Tribune, August 2002
Arts & Entertainment, Casper Star Tribune, April 2001
Watercolorist’s Exhibit, Dahl News, Rapid City, SD
Artist of the Rocky Mountains, Volume 1, 1990

Public and Private Collections

Washington Credit union, Seattle, WA
Natrona County Public Library, Casper, WY
Casper Community College, Casper, WY
Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, WY
Coliseum Motors, Casper, WY
Fuller, Krampner and Hambrick Law Offices, Casper, WY
KTWO TV Station, Casper, WY

Gallery Representation

The Finishing Touch Gallery, Casper, WY
The Wolcott Galleria, 136 S. Wolcott, Casper, Wy
Deselm Fine Arts Gallery, 303 East 17th. Street,  Cheyenne, WY.

WOW, 710 Garfield, Laramie, WY