People’s Choice – Christy Michalak
Christy Michalak is a Halton Hills, Ontario artist who completed her first oil at age six and has studied painting as a serious hobby ever since, most notably at the Toronto School of Art and at the Academy of Realist Art, Toronto. Her profound curiosity about the world led her to a degree in mechanical engineering and a successful 17-year career in automotive and aerospace design. However, in early 2017, Christy decided to dedicate significant time to painting and to a much deeper understanding of art.
Christy travels significantly, splitting her time between teaching engineering and meeting up with artists and master mentors to paint en plein air. In each canvas, Christy strives to capture a realistic image of the light and atmospheric effects of the day, while also leaving the viewer with a feeling of mystery or fantasy.
Her work has been recognized with awards in juried shows, and in only 12 months, her collector base has grown from Los Angeles to Australia.
For more information, visit her website: www.christyspaintings.ca