Local artist profile: Michelle Loschiavo

September 24, 2023 BY

A horse is a horse (of course): Some of Michelle Loschiavo’s favourite subjects include popular members of the animal diaspora. Photo: SUPPLIED

THIS week we chat with talented local painter and illustrator Michelle Loschiavo, who was drawn to art during a challenging childhood.


What initially motivated you to become an artist?

Due to being born with spina bifida I had spent most of my childhood in and out of hospital, so I had spent a lot of time on my own and art was a form of escape and to forget my worries.


How would you describe your style and how did you develop it?

My favourite mediums are acrylic paint, oil paint and coloured pencils. My favourite subjects to paint/draw are flora and fauna. The rose is my favourite flower to paint. I also like surrealism. When I was in year 10 I had to do work experience. I chose to work in a florist. That’s where my love of flowers came from.

After finishing year 12 I went to continuing education and did a floral art course and also attended an art program called the TAD project. TAD stands for Talented Artist with Disabilities. I studied visual arts at Bendigo TAFE for a couple of years and that is where I learnt a lot about art techniques. I also love to paint and draw wildlife, especially exotic animals.


Which other artists inspire you and why?

I watch a few artists on Youtube – Lachri Fine Art (providing painting and drawing tips, tricks, demonstrations and advice for artists), Jason Morgan Animal Art Lessons (tried and true methods for drawing animals in pastels), Lorna Dandy Animal Art (coloured pencil portraits of dogs), and The Art Sherpa (regular live streaming art classes), just to name a few. I love how they teach. I have learnt a lot from watching their videos.

Frida Kahlo is another artist that I like.


What are some highlights or fond memories you have from your career so far?

As an artist with a disability I have had the opportunity to be a part of a few art programs with other artists with disabilities. I have also been asked to do commissions, I do pet portraits. I also currently attend an art program called DONUT Studios.


How has your work been affected by COVID? Has there been little change or has it had a substantial effect?

Because we were in lockdown there wasn’t the opportunity for an exhibition. When we were in lockdown I had to find a way to get my artwork seen, so I started a Youtube channel. I got to spend more time on my art and improve my art skills.


How can people check out your work?

Youtube – Art by Michelle Loschiavo – where you can find a series of time lapse videos of Michelle at work, Instagram – @artbymichelleloschiavo and TikTok – michelleloschiavo8.


What would you say to regional aspiring artists who are thinking of making a go of the creative life?

Always love your work. Don’t worry too much and do what makes you happy.

Practice until you get good at it. Try different art mediums.