Michelle Jader

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Michelle Jader approached her life as a professional artist a little differently than most. While she grew up with a sincere love for art, she parlayed her undergraduate degree into a role as product marketer in the business world. Michelle owned a consulting company for nearly 10 years and worked with graphic designers and other professional artists devising marketing campaigns to help companies launch new products. The truth was, she loved being a marketing consultant and working with Fortune 500 companies. She enjoyed the challenges and the rewards of the business world. But Michelle especially enjoyed working with those talented and creative artists. As her career progressed, she secretly and increasingly imagined a life where I could spend her time creating art that wasn’t subject to unanimous team approval or validated by the number of units moved. She just wanted to create her own art. In the summer of 2007, when the urge to be a professional artist was too strong, she took the leap and enrolled in the Academy of Art University’s graduate. She continued to consult while going to school and earned her MFA in Fine Art Painting in 2011.


For her that was an exhilarating change. One of many moments in her life where she had been in the midst of making an important life decision and felt like being on the edge of a steep cliff with the only choices being jump, fall, or dive. These critical times of life, whether it’s leaving home for the first time, starting or ending a relationship, having a baby, or beginning and ending a job, contain a universal feeling of loss of control, time moving forward, and hurtling through space. Her current series explores that moment when we willingly and unwillingly dive into the next phase of our lives. She paints on a variety of surfaces and enjoys the process of finding the right support for her concept. The current series utilizes the transparent qualities of layered acrylic panels to show the different phases of movement and change that arise from making a life-changing transition.


Originally from Minnesota, Michelle has lived in San Francisco, California for over 7 years and works out of her studio in the Mission district.



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