About the Artist

About the Artist

   Michelle D. Ferrera

San Diego, CA   (973) 519-3083  mflife9@gmail.com


San Diego Artist, Michelle D. Ferrera, fell in love with the vulnerability of the figure and the freedom to experiment while studying at Montclair State University in NJ. Though drawing and writing were early outlets, it was after earning her degree in Fine Art & Design, the Artist truly discovered her style. 

Loss and anger fueled a need for canvas larger than her journals but one that she could afford. The first durable surface she found was a pile of scrap wood in her mother’s garage. Michelle saw the wood as a mirror. The raw emotional state was brought to bear in her work using just a standard #2 pencil and unfinished wood. As she was healing personally, she began to take pride in the wood, sanding and perfecting each new piece, finding the process therapeutic. “The simplicity of these mediums fosters the comfort necessary to create such intimate moments and poses.” More than half that series was sold during her first exhibition at the 2010 Contemporary Art Fair (Javits Center, NYC). 

This positive feedback along with support and encouragement from family and friends, was the push she needed before driving West to take on Art as a full-time career. Before settling in San Diego with her now husband, journals became the silent friend absorbing the sketches, notes, song lyrics, and late night ramblings of the emotional rollercoaster of her unknown future and direction. Rather than spiral down, she focused on her art, pouring her uncertainty into creating. She sat in on machine tutorials, experimented with color and mixed media, attended art workshops, building on her process and healing through creating. What started as a way out of depression turned into a celebration of life.     

The flavors series embodies her arrival and acceptance in the San Diego scene which garnered local attention earning her multiple drawing awards and honors since 2012. These opened the doors to participate and exhibit locally, through Los Angeles and up to San Francisco. Now as a full time Artist/Mother, she continues to use Art as an outlet, drawing snapshots of her life and those around her in hopes to grow as an Artist and storyteller, sparking inspiration and communication.  

Wanting to share her experience in hopes to help others open up, she has combined her passion for writing and Fine Art, self-publishing her journals into creative non-fiction/ self-help books. She currently has six books self published through Blurb and Amazon. She has received local representation through Adelman Fine Art in Little Italy, Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp and in the Gift Shop of the Women’s Museum of California.


2017, City Hall Gallery, Encinitas, CA, Cheryl Ehlers - Encinitas Arts Program

2015, obrARCHITECTURE (during Ray at Night) North Park San Diego, CA

2014, Co-Merge Workspace (Artist & Curator), Downtown San Diego, CA

2014, Caption Boutique & Gallery, East Village San Diego, CA, Frenses Perey 

2014, VizArt Ink Gallery, Carlsbad, CA, Gregg Visintainer (Viz Art Ink)

2013, Thumbprint Gallery (3-man show), La Jolla, CA, Paul Ecdao


2016-2017, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA, Julie Weaverling

2016-2017, Adelman Fine Art, Little Italy, SD, Nicole & Phylicia Adelman

2015-2017, Sparks Gallery, Gaslamp San Diego, CA, Sonya Sparks

2017, Negulescu Fine Art, Barrio Logan Arts District, Irina Negulescu

2016, Art on 30th, North Park, CA, Kate Ashton

2015, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, CA

2014, La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan, CA, Chris Zertuche

2014, San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park

2014, 53rd International Art Exhibition & Gala, Museum of the Living Artist, Balboa Park, CA

2014, April in Paris (First Place Drawing Award), South Bayfront Artists, Chula Vista, CA

2014, Dia de la Mujer, Casa Familiar’s The Front, San Ysidro, CA, Leticia Gomez Franco

2014, RAW Natural Born Artists, San Diego & San Francisco

2013, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA (3rd Place, the deep breath before the plunge), Julie Weaverling

2013, 52nd International Art Exhibition & Gala, Museum of the Living Artist, Balboa Park, CA

2013, Casa Familiar’s The Front (Runner Up, caught in the wanderdust), San Ysidro, CA, Leticia Gomez Franco

2013, ART-BIL Conference & Art Exhibition, Long Beach, CA, Mirabelle Jones

2013, RAW Natural Born Artists (Visual Artist of the Year), San Diego, CA

2012, Eighteen O Five Gallery, Little Italy San Diego, CA, Lauren Siry

2012, Dia de la Mujer (3rd Place, Hazy Grainy Daze), Casa Familiar’s The Front, San Ysidro, CA, Leticia Gomez Franco

2012, The Happening Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA

2012, RAW Natural Born Artists (Visual Artist of the Year Nominee), San Diego, CA


Women's Museum of California Gift Shop; ArtbyKami; Dream Machine Artist Collective; Brokers Building Gallery, Downtown SD; South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival; The Whole 9, Culver City, LA; Live Art Demonstrator, Taste of North Park; ArtPin; South Bayfront Artists Association; ArtistsWanted; The Infusion Project; The Art & Beauty Behind Fashion, Fashion Week SD; Graffiti Beach; The Chocolate & Art Show, LA


Art Guide San Diego, Deep Expression: An Interview with Michelle D. Ferrera, Brian Baxter, March 2017

Artist Portfolio Magazine, Honorable Mention Artist, Sixth Annual Portrait Artist Magazine, Fall 2016

Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists: Artists, ART, & Story: Southern California, by Karrie Ross, 2015-2016, pg. 122-123

Picked RAW Peeled Blog, Patricia Fischer, SDVisualArts.Net, November 2014

Featured Artist: Michelle D. Ferrera, ArtPin, August 2014

Art Beat, Pacific San Diego, August 2014

Please Feed the Artists, Alex Zaragoza, SD City Beat, November 2013

Thumbprint Gallery peeks ‘Behind Closed Doors’, Alex Zaragoza, SD City Beat, April 2013

Michelle D. Ferrera’s emotion-packed artwork, Amy T. Granite, Discover SD, November 2012

RAW Artist Profile: Michelle D. Ferrera, Michelle Guerin, Discover SD, November 2012

The Peace Project: 2011 Peace Rises, Peace Maker Award Recipient, The Whole 9

Artist Portfolio Magazine, Honorable Mention Artist, Issue #4, Fall 2011


2016, SFAN Professional Development for Artist with Stephen C. Wagner, Art on 30th

2015, Breaking the Ice: Facilitated Networking Event for Artists & Art Organizations, SDAI

2015, Art on Market, Art on 30th, Kate Ashton, North Park San Diego, CA

2014 Artist-Gallery Agreements & Copyright Law, Liberty Station, San Diego, CA

2013 Networking Workshop, Space4Art, San Diego, CA

2011 Get Hung Workshop, The Whole 9, Culver City, CA


2003 Bachelors Degree: Fine Art & Design, Concentration: Figure Drawing, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ        

2001 Exchange Program, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Sydney, Australia