“I am inspired by the natural world. My small paintings are created in plein air, in the open air, where all my senses are engaged in an effort to capture the mood of the light on my canvas. Mixing color and watching a painting develop gives me great joy. My paintings are windows onto the harbors, wetlands, beaches, and farmlands that make up the Central California Coast. I seek to evoke nature as a calming, healing force in a world that is often unpredictable.”
- Michele Hausman
Michele Hausman creates original landscape oil paintings both plein air and in her California studio. She is represented by Wisteria French Art and Antiques in Soquel, Local Color in Big Sur, Scotts Valley Artisans, and Dahlmeier Art Shows in Santa Cruz. Ms. Hausman’s work is collected in public and corporate collections throughout the US and internationally in Canada, France, Norway, Germany, Israel, India, Japan, and Australia.
Ms. Hausman has participated in a number of plein air competitions. She had an article published about her painting in American Artist magazine in July 2010 after she was one of the winners of the magazine’s annual cover contest. She received a Juror’s Award at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s 2009 Plein Air Affair. She’s twice participated in the Carmel Art Festival, as well as numerous other plein events and competitions. Her awards and honors also include two public art commissions from the City of Santa Cruz and selection as a finalist in the annual Daniel Smith Faces and Places international competition. Ms. Hausman’s painting Tioga Tarn toured throughout California with the Yosemite Renaissance International Exhibition in 2008 and currently her painting Sierra Buttes is touring with their 2012 exhibition. She received the Best of Show award at the AVArtFest at the Triton Museum of Art.
Ms. Hausman is a Signature Member of the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters and a Founder of the Santa Cruz Oil Painters. She has studied landscape painting at the Scottsdale Artists School and with current day masters Scott Christensen, Ted Goerschner, Ned Meuller, Ken Auster and Elizabeth Tolley. She is also an associate member of the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Santa Cruz Art League and the Pajaro Valley Arts Council.