Michelle Cartwright Soverino
Two Dimensional Art (Watercolor, Water Miscible Oils, Acrylic, Ink)
Growing up on Nantucket, my art has been immensely inspired by the beauty and splendor of nature–from majestic creatures to sweeping horizons, saturated skies to the barren trees in the moors after a burning. Art has always been part of my expression, and a passion that I have continued to expand through education (both academic and personal), cultural exploration, and profound appreciation.
As I’ve matured in life, my style has slowly emerged and taken shape. My work is all about color (even when working with black and white, I build contrast through shades of pen marks, interesting negative spaces, and shadow play). It suggests illustration, and graphic comparison.
What I create is a personal reflection of my own joys in life, and a tribute to the spaces, creatures, and things I admire and love. Light and color are my favorite means of play. Many of my works illustrate quiet moments I’ve captured in photo, or secret locations I adore and seek refuge at. I’ve been greatly influenced through my travels and sojourns overseas; my local island heritage; and the creative traditions of my family: generations of women dedicated to the meticulous detail of needlework and quilling, and a crew of whale-men scrimshawing and carving at sea.
I create art because I have to. Indeed, the periods in my life when I ignored this biological impulse resulted in personal dismay. I am only whole in existence when I am creating and playing with inspiration and image.
What she loves: rustic, worn-down beauty (think Great Expectations); typography; flats that allow her to jump from cobblestone to cobblestone on the streets of Nantucket’s historic district; Adobe Creative Suite; France and it’s cultural canon; spearheading projects; Japanese merchandise and aesthetics; Italian paper; Philosophy; Renaissance art; the Dutch masters; achieving goals; natural light; beach cottages and mountain cabins; laughter; book and magazine layout; Excel spreadsheets.
What she does: Michelle assists cultural nonprofit organizations achieve their financial goals via contributed revenue. This is more play than work for her: she thrives off exceeding fundraising goals, captivating donors with stories, and plucking at heartstrings to encourage organizational buy-in. To do this, she starts with a heavy analysis of donor data (she loves numbers too) and blank excel spreadsheets, moves on to plotting and charting, then applies all to a strategic call of action. Once the plan is in place she charges on, making connections, stewarding donors, and coordinating exceptional events.
How she orders her coffee: hazelnut latte, whole milk, one shot.
Where she’s heading: metropolitan office setting; traveling for work regularly, spending at least one month a year in Paris, inspiring better business through strategic, imaginative, and artistic services.
Contact: michelle.soverino (at) gmail.com