Artist

Michele Morata
Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Michele Morata takes a very spiritual approach to painting, letting each piece come through her. Her works feel abstract, atmospheric, and serene. She currently lives in California, near the ocean and mountains, and finds inspiration in meditation and positive human emotions. Fun fact: she considers herself an eco-friendly artist and has researched mediums that are organic or recycled in nature.

Artist and Customer Comments


Michele Morata 7/1/2016 | 1:25 PM

4th of July update! Still creating my new original series' at Treasure Island Beach, behind The Montage Laguna. Very peaceful "plein air" and lends itself perfectly to the "abstract realism" artworks that are being produced - near and dear to my heart & spirit. Also very blessed to have my dad creating archival handmade wood, ready to hang, panels that are superior in quality and lend themselves perfectly to my styles & mediums. In peace & gratitude *Michele*

Michele Morata 11/27/2015 | 7:02 PM

Peace to everyone in this special holiday season! I am in gratitude for the gift of painting, and grateful to all my gallery reps. And additional thanks to everyone who supports and values the collective dream of all original artists who enjoy bringing more beauty to our day-to-day world. *Michele*

Michele Morata 12/12/2014 | 6:48 PM

Hi and Thanks. You could try M. Graham Walnut Alkyd Medium. I have been told it is nontoxic and has minimal or no fumes. Do not use water with it, however, or very minimal water if necessary. I paint Alla Prima, and usually do not use anything to speed it up these days. It sounds like you 'might' be a layer or glaze painter (I am just guessing) and I do not work that way. I always work Alla Prima & mine usually take 1-2 weeks to dry, depending on the weather and how thick I go. I do not use very much water either, just enough to get the flow. I am in CA and the weather patterns seem to be changing but 2 weeks normally does the trick. If you go back in for any reason if you are Alla Prima, yes you have to start the clock again at 2 weeks! It might depend on where you live also regarding climate. I do work with non-toxic Spike of Lavender on rare occasion, and the studio and even my home, AND the paintings smell of Lavender for a few days! Although it is very strong and I have had to experiment with it. The Spike seemed odd to work with it, meaning a bit unpredictable. Sometimes, the Spike of Lavender seemed to speed, and sometimes it seemed to slow (?) even though I spoke with Holbein several times about it, I still could not get straight answers on it. So with Spike of Lavender, unfortunately you will have to experiment with it. Do not use aromatherapy cause that does not work! My guess is that with the Lavender, it depends on what colors we are working with, although no company has told me that directly. I rarely use the Lavender even, due to the unpredictable nature and the style in which I paint. I have a tendency to pull the palette in an intuitive fashion with no planning at all. I hope this info helps you and please spread the word for other artists to stop using chemicals. Happy Holidays!

D Pehoski 12/12/2014 | 4:45 PM

I love your work. I also use waterbased oils. I am having a problem with drying time, they take weeks. Do you have a solution for slow drying time?

Michele Morata 9/2/2014 | 7:42 PM

Thanks UGallery for the "Where I Create" blog article ... In Gratitude ! http://blog.ugallery.com/post/96100284779/from-where-i-create-michele-morata

Michele Morata 11/6/2013 | 4:52 PM

One of my paintings was chosen for magazine "Horizons" cover art for November/December issue. In Gratitude! *Michele*

Michele Morata 8/6/2013 | 5:56 PM

Dear J.Hardy: Thank you so much for taking time to write me such a kind note. Peace & Gratitude! *Michele*

commentsAtmosphereScape No. 3
J Hardy 8/5/2013 | 7:57 AM

It's just beautiful, surely as you are from inside ! Congratulations

Michele Morata 7/8/2013 | 2:04 PM

"Design Bureau" Magazine Press Interview tomorrow for 8 original paintings inspired by my work with fabulous HGTV interior designer, Beth Whitlinger, for her "Contemporary Bachelor Pad" project.

Michele Morata 2/6/2013 | 7:20 PM

Dear K.Hersh: I guess I should add this particular painting you referred to "Desire" does have a very small amount of "random" organic sand texture in the Peach mid-line of the Painting. I do use sand from time to time underneath when I want an area to have a 'grounding' or other 'earth' effect. However, it is extremely subtle in this particular painting. My heavily textured oils are a separate series I produce also with eco-friendly art mediums from Italy and international organic hand-made mediums. Thanks again and Peace Be With You.*Michele*

Michele Morata 2/6/2013 | 7:16 PM

Thank you for your kind feedback! I only use Oils in this particular series. My favorite medium is the eco-friendly water-based oils that present exactly like traditional oils which is fabulous. This is the medium I have been using since 2003 when these 'special' Oils were first available for sale. A little pricey for some artists, but I jumped on this medium as I have always been aware that I wanted to minimize or eliminate chemicals in my studio. I also encourage other Oil artists to do the same for our collectors, ourselves as painters, and our earth environment. Regarding online versus in person, up close and personal it is easier to see the brushstrokes than online I have noted. Although, online or in person my Oil work does have a dream-like quality. Sometimes I scan a painting so that the potential collector can view the brushstrokes even more, if they like. Most people are drawn to the work that resonates with them on a deep level and speaks to them in some way.

commentsDesire
krnhersh 2/5/2013 | 11:43 PM

do u use other materials besides oils? online ,it looks like it could be mixed-watercolors,watercolor pencils,acrylics- it is sobeautiful....

commentsDesire
krnhersh 2/5/2013 | 11:40 PM

i love this !the colors-the softness- what kind of media did u use? k

Michele Morata 1/7/2013 | 10:20 PM

Dear Collectors: I am thrilled to hear the painting is so nicely situated in your dining room. Thank you so much for taking the time and giving me this inspirational feedback. In Peace & Gratitude *Michele*

commentsSurrender III
D Morrisey purchased this artwork. 1/5/2013 | 10:38 AM

Michelle, we love the artwork we purchased from you. It is in a prominent place in our dining area and we've gotten so many wonderful comments about it. The blending of colors and the moods that it evokes are outstanding. Thank you.

Michele Morata 11/19/2012 | 3:20 PM

Hi - Thanks for your interest in my original oil paintings. I have more larger drying which will be ready for UGallery in early 2013. I am also available for commissions thru Ugallery for any size that compliments your home or office space! In Gratitude *Michele*

commentsOceanScape
D Lane 11/16/2012 | 8:14 PM

Hi Michele - I really like this painting. Do you have more larger in this style?

Michele Morata 9/26/2012 | 1:15 PM

LightPath has a mystical/magical quality to it. I paint my eco-friendly oils from a meditative soul level, so this painting was produced in that manner. Not knowing what it will turn out like, there is no hidden agenda. Painting in a spontaneous fashion is my favorite form of creative expression - however poetic statements emerge during and after the process. I come back to this peaceful series over and over as I enjoy being in a tranquil positive state as much as possible! I believe that is what collectors are drawn to in this series – giving them that same “light” emotion that the artwork has been produced in. I receive light to give out light basically, so this painting really hits home with my spirit of contribution to the world. Poetic Statement: “The LightPath Emerges – The Essence of All There Is.” Thank you for your interest & let me know if you have any more questions. Peace Be With You. *Michele*

commentsLightPath
faboo 9/25/2012 | 7:35 PM

Can you tell me more about this piece? It seems lovely!

Michele Morata 8/22/2012 | 2:59 PM

Just finishing a large residential multi-painting project with a former HGTV designer - very exciting! *In Gratitude* Michele

Michele Morata 8/6/2012 | 4:04 PM

Laguna Beach Gallery I am repped with chose me to be the artist to rep their gallery in a special show at Laguna Beach City Hall: 8/20/12 to 9/20/12. Peace*Love*Gratitude! *Michele*

Michele Morata 5/29/2012 | 12:52 PM

Dear Collector: I'm always happy when I know my collectors are happy. I believe original paintings are truly complete (full circle) when it arrives in your environment & resonates with the viewer(s). So thank you for completing this exchange of positive art energy & for your kind note. Peace & Gratitude *Michele*

commentsMistscape
B Greiner purchased this artwork. 5/27/2012 | 11:23 PM

This is an amazing piece of art by an amazing artist. I will definitely buy from Michele Morata in the future.

UGallery 5/15/2012 | 7:22 PM

Stay green ALL year long. Michele, you were this year's Earth Day Artist. Here's a blog in your honor: http://blog.ugallery.com/post/21576535534/our-earth-day-artist

Michele Morata 4/6/2012 | 8:07 PM

Hi Kris & Fred! What a wonderful testimonial to read on the divine timing of Good Friday! I'm honored that you have been following my work for a year ... and so excited that "Simplicity IV" has brought beauty & joy to your environment! Thanks for your kind words & loving energy back to me thru our Fine Art creative connection. *Peace*Love*Gratitude* ~ Michele

commentsSimplicity IV
Kris purchased this artwork. 4/6/2012 | 1:06 PM

Dear Michele, We bought Simplicity IV when it was the Deal of the Day, and we just love it! I have been enjoying your paintings for well over a year now, so I am completely thrilled to finally own one of your gorgeous pieces. Thank you for sharing your love and talent! Much Peace and Many Blessings, Kris and Fred Virginia

Michele Morata 3/23/2012 | 7:26 PM

Hi M Steve ! Thanks for taking an interest in my original painting SunScape III. Let me know if you have any questions. Peace*Love*Gratitude - Michele

commentsSunScape III
M Steve 3/22/2012 | 9:29 PM

Hi

Michele Morata 3/6/2012 | 3:13 PM

Hi - Enlightenment is on heavy duty wood which enabled me to go even thicker with the eco-friendly Italian plasters that I utilize in my textured oils ... in almost a sculpted fashion when working on heavy wood. I allowed approximately 12 layers of plaster to dry on top of each other before I started with my oils over the top of texture. I am thinking about calling this series "sculpture paintings" as the artwork almost has a 3-D quality sculpted quality to it. I have also incorporated gold leaf into this series which reflect light in a beautiful fashion. I am currently working on another one right now on heavy duty wood gallery canvas in my studio which is larger - a 24 x 36 x 1.5. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks for your interest in my original paintings. *Michele*

commentsEnlightenment
S Riverson 3/2/2012 | 10:56 PM

Hi. I'm fascinated by your painting Enlightenment. I love the colors also. Can you tell me a little about this one. Thanks in advance.

Michele Morata 2/26/2012 | 4:02 PM

Thanks for your support! I feel very fortunate to have this creative gift to share with the world. *Michele*

Cindi 2/23/2012 | 1:58 PM

My daughter told me about this gallery space and said I would find work alot like mine there. I must say that I am very attracted to you work because it looks like work that I have done in the past. Your use of color and the simple division of the space on the canvas are obviously well thought out. Well done and I hope you sell everything. Thomas Rizzo

Michele Morata 2/16/2012 | 8:30 PM

Thanks so much for your testimonial, Art Lover! It always makes my day when I read uplifting testimonials on blogs or email. Thanks again for taking the time. *Michele*

commentsMiracles
art lover 2/15/2012 | 9:27 PM

The talented artwork of Michele Morata brings on a whole new dimension through the textures and colors of her beautiful spirit. Art is always in the eye of the beholder, yet her masterpieces, when carefully studied bring joy, peace, serenity and comfort. Each texture and each color can be viewed as an individual statement in each painting. She has been blessed with a beautiful spirit that Michele conveys and shares in her work. Her talent is truly a gift from God! I love the tranquility her art has brought into my home....... Thanks Michele!

Michele Morata 2/4/2012 | 12:40 PM

Cheryl: Thank you for commenting on the specialty skies. I have much gratitude regarding this creative gift & that my paintings bring positive energy into collector's homes and offices. *Michele*

cheryl 2/2/2012 | 5:17 PM

I have been reviewing your paintings for quite some time and look forward to purchasing hopefully a large painting very soon. I find your skies in many of your oil paintings fascinating and quite unique - I don't see skies like this very often in paintings.

Michele Morata 12/5/2011 | 9:52 PM

Love light and peace to everyone this season and year round! Thanks for supporting the collective dream of all fine artists, past, present and future! N Gratitude to my collectors and the gallery - xo

Michele Morata 11/5/2011 | 7:42 PM

Thanks 4 your interest! Sure that sounds great. I will email you info & let Ugallery know you might be stopping by soon! *Michele*

commentsMagnetize II
N Nestojko 11/5/2011 | 6:36 PM

Hello, I love "Magnetize II." Quite beautiful and perfect for our space. We're in San Diego, is there any way we could see it in person at your studio before buying it? I can be reached at nicolenestojko@gmail.com --- Thank you!

Michele Morata 10/7/2011 | 10:47 PM

Thx AR! I paint my textured oils in studio as the materials I use in this artwork is complex: each painting is 3 paintings in 1 & layers need to be protected while drying.This is a different process than pure oil.I begin with plaster from Italy and lay down the 1st painting layer.Second, I embed archival paper products or other ecofriendly materials.Third layer, an oil painting on top of the other 2 layers. It's a longer process as each layer has to dry. My oil is waterbased but still takes a approx 1-2 weeks to completely dry before release & ship, or transport to art gallery.

commentsLoveland II
A Reynolds 10/4/2011 | 1:56 AM

Michele, was wondering if you use the same process for all your series? I notice you do texture and non-texture oils. Do you paint the textured ones on location? I think the fact that you are using ecofriendly materials is quite fascinating. I really like your paintings.

Michele Morata 10/3/2011 | 1:43 AM

Hi KB: Thank God for Iphones - able to quick reply! I consider myself primarily an "Imaginary" oil artist, although I occasionally paint outdoors. I have an artistic photographic memory with regard to imagination, so if I see sun, earth, sky, clouds, nature, colors, that evoke strong positive emotions, those show up on canvas. DreamLand was painted while listening to classical music from the movie Out of Africa. I started my process with abstract angel undertones which are not visible to the viewer after my intuitive blending process. I love to sign my paintings on the back to allow collectors to flip horizontally & vertically. It's lovely to have that decor freedom with abstracts/moderns. However, I am happy to sign originals on 1.5" gallery side, or the front, if a collector requests, and I normally do this with my last name unless otherwise requested. I include a full signature Certificate of Authenticity on the back of each painting. DreamLand has the top (2) 2011 colors of the ye

K Barancek 10/3/2011 | 12:05 AM

Hi, I'm interested in "Dreamland" and was wondering if you could tell me a bit about it. Was it inspired be an actual location or is it an emotional place? The colours and the light in the painting is wonderful. Also, are your paintings signed? Thanks.

Michele Morata 7/2/2011 | 6:15 PM

thx S Brooks ! i'm enjoy working with the brighter oranges also ... I like to paint what I call 'earth tones' with a kick sometime. A Happy and Colorful 4th of July to all !

commentsNaturescape I
S Brooks 6/22/2011 | 1:38 PM

I love these NatureScapes - looking for one in your sold category with more 'brighter' orange even ... I'll keep checking back. I've never done commission but thinking about it. I love your peaceful paintings - they are beautiful.

Michele Morata 6/2/2011 | 1:35 PM

Thanks for kind words! I'm working on some small and mid-size Teal original oils in June and July ... check back at Ugallery or feel free to commission a work thru Ugallery of any size! I have been producing commissions for many years and my collectors have always been very happy with their commissions. Thanks again for your interest!

commentsVisualize
montana 5/31/2011 | 4:22 PM

like some of the colors of this one ... but in a non-textured ... i like the texture but i wanted something large around the same price point ... was trying to get in on the sale but i'd rather wait for a larger teal ...love your paintings ! they are so peaceful but with a kick of color energy

commentsEnergy II
montana 5/31/2011 | 4:18 PM

where did the teal oil paintings go ? they must have sold or something ... do you have any more teals coming up which are the non-textured series - i really liked those a lot ... thx

Michele Morata 3/28/2011 | 10:29 PM

Artist News: My 6 month public art mural has been completed at Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA. For local residents, please let patients and family members know there is a meditative art mural designed to promote peace during difficult times. The hospital's outdoor healing garden is connected to the back of the 24/7 chapel.

Michele Morata 12/10/2010 | 2:24 PM

Dear Sharon: I'm so happy that the painting is so nicely situated and you are pleased with the original oil painting. Thank you dearly for taking your time out to give me this kind response and feedback. I believe my paintings to be a 'collective' experience and end up with the owners that are meant to have them, and the whole creative process is complete when the painting connects with the viewer(s) in this manner. Peace and love to you thru the holiday season, New Year, and may every day be a beautiful new beginning for you and your artwork.

Sharon 12/8/2010 | 6:47 PM

we are the proud owners of "Silence"-and absolutely are enchanted with it!! it makes a wonderful statement in our space. We look forward to owning more of your work!!

Michele Morata 12/6/2010 | 11:51 PM

Many of my vertical oils can be turned into horizontals - it all depends on the space available and what the client prefers ... sometimes galleries turn them upside down for different effects or I've seen them hung horizontally as well at times. Thx for your kind words and a big thank you to everyone who is purchasing my paintings at Ugallery. Peace, light, and happy holidays to all!

M Jenkins 12/6/2010 | 11:09 PM

Hi Michele - wondering if some of these contemporary vertical oils can be turned and hung horizontally? what is your opinion on that ? thx and I love your work !

Michele Morata 11/21/2010 | 12:26 AM

News: I'm currently working on a commissioned contemporary 'healing art' large outdoor mural for Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA located in their Healing Garden outside the chapel. I'm using archival Plasters from Italy that I utilize in my mixed-media Contemporary Paintings to produce this public artwork.

SunDream IV
by MICHELE MORATA


Oil painting on stretched linen
One-of-a-kind
Signed on back
2015

48" h x 48" w x 1.5" d
20 lbs. 0 oz.

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