My name is Michelle Strbich. I was born and raised in Chicago by my Croatian-American immigrant parents who moved to the US for new opportunities. I was fortunate to attend and graduate from Loyola University of Chicago and Northern Illinois University.
Much of my artwork is influenced by the fascination with color that came out of two Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). My mother, my biggest encourager, introduced me to creativity. When I was born, we survived our first near-death experience. It was life-changing for us.
As a child, one of my favorite memories was watching my mom paint flowers in our garden. It was there I learned to see like an artist. From then on, I snuck my way into The Art Institute of Chicago vowing to fulfill my calling to be an artist.
In 2008, I survived my second near-death experience from a car accident. I experienced colors that I didn’t see before in the afterlife. When I returned to my body, I began to paint those colors with intention. This deepened my art practice.
In 2021, when my mother lost her battle to cancer, I found her presence in my studio with each completed piece. She continues to be one of my favorite muses.
When you buy one of my pieces, it’s like opening a door into an emotional experience that allows you to bring yourself into the piece.
I enjoy combining colors using acrylic paints with shapes and texture. I’m attracted to the large, bright and bold, and when they come together, they are like jigsaw pieces that find their way home to a complete puzzle. It is in spontaneity, self-determination, and movement that the layers of my paintings capture the story of emotions.
When I paint, I don’t have a plan; instead, I allow the colors and texture to speak to me, like messengers, working the canvas. My purpose is to create contemporary paintings to lift your spirit and beautify your spaces.
Beyond my artwork, I consider myself a soul whisperer and an inspirational speaker. I am working on my first book, A Soul Never Dies: Wisdom from the Afterlife, https://asoulneverdies.com/ which describes the unique purpose of each soul and its ability to guide, grow, and inspire joy. My writing and speaking engagements seek to uplift and encourage individuals to embrace their own journeys. I am also working on a screenplay inspired by my near-death experiences.
Today, I live in my beautiful sleepy beach town in Southern California painting one-of-a-kind originals.
To explore my colorful creations and experience my soulful artwork, enjoy my website here https://www.paintbysoul.com and stay current by following me on my Instagram @ArtByMichelleStrbich https://www.instagram.com/artbymichellestrbich
Feel free to contact me at 949-607-7893 to arrange a private showing at my art studio or to purchase my pieces.
Artist, Michelle Strbich | Photo by: Hans J. Paul