A Note From The Artist
I have been in the arts all my life. It has been a journey of travelling down many paths to explore my creative soul. Whether it was being a professional ballet dancer in NYC, a Broadway performer or an actor in various venues - I was always the interpreter of someone else's steps, words or creation. With painting, for really the first time in my life, I am the creator and my own muse. It is by, of and connected entirely to me which can be freeing, exciting, intimidating and frustrating all at the same time. Perhaps that is the reason I lean towards abstract paintings - I am not interpreting someone else's vision but creating from my own feelings, vision and passions. And so the journey of exploration continues.....
About Michaela Hughes
Michaela Hughes is an award winning painter showing in numerous galleries throughout the Los Angeles area such as the TAG Gallery, Bg Gallery @ Bergamot Station, The Brand Library and Art Center, Launch LA, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Kate Moriarty Fine Art Gallery and The San Fernando Valley Museum, among others.
She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, Women Painters West and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Who’s Who in America for her achievements in the arts.
She has been involved in a variety of creative endeavors since childhood – starting out as a child actress in numerous plays and her first film was playing John Wayne’s niece in “Hellfighters”
She went on to a successful ballet career – dancing Principal and Soloist roles with American Ballet Theatre and Feld Ballet in NYC and the Houston Ballet. She returned to acting and combined with her dance skills performed in 5 Broadway shows playing Cassie in A Chorus Line; Gloria Upson in Mame, Charity in Anything Goes, Peggy Porterfield in On Your Toes; and the Nurse in Raggedy Ann.
Ms. Hughes has been seen in over 100 Commercials, well known MTV Rock Videos, Soap Operas, Films and Television appearances including Saturday Night Live, Dance in America, The Kennedy Center Honors among others.
She has turned her creativity to directing short films – several of which have been recognized in Independent Film Festivals.
All of these experiences influence her painting: in form as a dancer, in dramatics as an actor and in style as a director.
Shows & Awards
CAMUS - Museum Camuno in Breno, Italy - "Danzare" Exhibit
RUC - Residency For Contemporary Art - Cividate Camuno, Valle Camonica, Italy
Las Laguna Art Gallery - "Golden: 50 and Over" Exhibit
Betsy Leuke Creative Art Center - "Inspiration Point" Exhibit
"What Now?" - Women Painters West Virtual Exhibit
"Penumbra" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
"The Beauty Of Everyday Things" - Women Painters West Virtual Exhibit
"Adorn" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
" Factory Fresh" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
"Mannerist" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
Loveland Museum and Gallery - Loveland, Colorado
Launch LA's "Reflection" at The Korean Cultural Center
The Brand Library Art Center - "A Century of California Women Artists" Exhibit
"User to User" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
"Vagaries" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
"Chestnut" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
"Full Bodied" - Los Angeles Art Association Virtual Exhibit
CaFe Virtual Exhibit -"Love"
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center - "Chiaroscuro"
bG Gallery - Bergamot Station - "Art of The Square"
Museum of The San Fernando Valley - "Unmasking The San Fernando Valley"
"Art of Coping" - Women Painters West - Virtual Exhibit
"Justice For All" - Women Painters West - Virtual Exhibit - Jury Award - First Place
Tag Gallery: "Above & Beyond"
Chocolate & Art Show - Los Angeles
Topanga Canyon Art Gallery - "New Beginnings"
San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center Art Exhibit - Women Painters West
Kate Moriarty Fine Art Gallery: "Something Blue" Awarded Best In Show
Kate Moriarty Fine Art Gallery: "Gravitation" Awarded Best In Show
Kate Moriarty Fine Art Gallery: Solo Show
Encino Center Terrace Art Exhibit - Jury Award - Second Place
Topanga Canyon Art Gallery, Women Painters West Show
Chocolate & Art Show - Los Angeles
NWO Art Gallery, Los Angeles