Michelle Foster is an artist and photographer living in Leesburg, Virginia who attended college on an art scholarship. While her career took her in different directions, she has maintained a life-long love of art. That is reflected in her still life and landscape paintings, many of which feature flowers from her gardens. In addition to her devotion to village life in Virginia, Foster also has long-standing ties to Asia. She lived in both China and Taiwan while studying Chinese, where she did extensive photo documentation of folk Buddhist rituals. Her black & white photography has been featured in a show titled Spirits, Temples and Celebrations. She has studied oil painting with well-known artists and is a member of the Loudoun Sketch Club. Her work has been exhibited at: Art at the Mill, Millwood, VA Art Square, Leesburg, VA Franklin Park Arts Center, Purcellville, VA Loudoun Academy of the Arts, Leesburg, VA Loudoun Sketch Club, Hillsborough, VA Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, VA Red Barn Art Exhibit, Waterford, VA “Something Hot,” Art Square, Leesburg, VA Tryst Gallery Waterford Fair, Waterford, VA “Women’s Work” Art Exhibition, Loudoun County, VA
Over a fourteen-year period, we transformed our 3 acres in Paeonian Springs from a former pig wallow into a series of walkable gardens, anchored by a pond. We cleared the woods of invasive species and planted a row of birches flanking the stream. On sunlit days, as we walked in the yard after work, often drinking champagne, the leaves simply sparkled.
Oil on linen panel
12 x 16