Edgar Allen Poe defined Art as “The reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature through the veil of the soul.” My soul is often still my nine year old explorer self - out in nature, looking, gathering, dreaming, creating, and wishing to share its wonderment with others. Nature’s colors, textures, and evolution inform my love of mixed media and mosaic. I want to reclaim her discarded limbs, dropped feathers, bone, even the displaced litter and carcasses of human life found within her. I am inspired to explore the facets of Art with the same enthusiasm and sentiment; to discover mediums, rearrange beauty, make things whole, and reveal the veil to my own soul.
I am a community creator, opening Wolf Willow Studio in 2012 to hold space for my passions of nature, art, and collaboration. It is home for my seasonal nature décor business, Rocky Mountain Wreaths, transforming local, native plant material into beautiful items for our homes. Through the medium of mosaic I continue to honor nature, using many recycled and salvaged items; broken china, damaged tiles, reclaimed metal, seashells and the such which are reorganized into unique textural artwork and murals, often built collaboratively as special community building outcomes.
Michelena’s thriving sustainable décor company, Rocky Mountain Wreaths, her passion for sharing, and a beautiful little spider, were the catalysts enabling her to create and open WWS in 2013.