Featured Artist

Menlo Charity Horse Show

2017 Featured Artist 

Michele Ottmann



About Michele

I was born in Oakland, Ca where I realized at a very young age that I loved drawing and painting. My Mother had a big part in my art development as a small child. She drew and painted and encouraged me every day.

When I was 10 our family moved to Diablo CA next to the town of Danville. There my father introduced me to horses and I was hopelessly in love. I started to show horses at 12 years of age, and I have horses to this day.

There was never a time when I had to ask myself what my favorite subject matter would be when creating art. It was always horses. Painting a horse is something I never tire of. Riding a horse is something I never tire of.

Since my children have grown and moved on into their own lives, I have had the opportunity to paint and draw as much as I possibly can. I find myself painting deep into the evening, and jumping up in the morning to continue. I currently live in Auburn CA where I have 60 acres, my horses, dogs, cats, chickens, and a beautiful studio to create my paintings. I am also a metal artist and alongside of my painting studio I have a welding shop. I feel blessed to have a life that is so satisfying and full of art!

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