BioMichelle has been drawing since she was a small child with her artist father, Tommy Thompson, as her favorite teacher. She has worked with many mediums over the years, but oil is her favorite. At the encouragement of her father she took a plein air workshop with Jason Saunders. Since that first workshop she attended she has had the honor of attending classes and workshops with Roger Dale Brown, Jeremy Doss, Casey Baugh, Linda St. Clair, Calvin Liang, Qiang Huang, Jim Himsworth, Kevin Menck, Dawn Whitelaw, Dennis Perrin, and Erin Martin. Michelle has a B.S. in graphic design from The University of North Alabama.