About the Artist

About the Artist

   Michelle D. Ferrera-Lubin

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


 I create Original and Custom Figurative Fine Art, drawn freehand with pencil on wood. My series of works are based on my emotions, life experiences and the people around me, pulled from my journals that I continue to fill. The ļ¬gures are drawn freehand with a #2 mechanical pencil though sometimes colored pencil, chalk, or watercolor is added to accentuate the meaning of a piece. As most creations happen, using raw wood as my canvas was a happy accident but one I continue to use. It serves as a mirror, reflecting my words, skin, durability and grainy uniqueness. The simplicity of drawing freehand with a mechanical pencil on raw wood, fosters an environment conducive to creating such personal, intimate moments and poses. In the nude, there is no hiding one’s flaws; expressing vulnerabilities fuels confidence to break down barriers giving way to freely share and connect with open hearts and minds. Like journaling, music plays an integral role in both my creative process and generation of ideas; lyrics spark images, beats boost motivation and simple melodies eliminate distractions. "Moga", a choreographed stretch, was created to help balance and meditate between the Art. Combining these outlets, I have been self-publishing handwritten, self-healing books that include photos of completed Artworks, Moga, and the journal entries that spawned them. Towards the end of 2017, I have begun to do more speaking engagements and developed workshops based on this combination of self-healing. While my goal is to continue to challenge myself creatively; building on my style, process and subject matter; through sharing my own personal experiences through these outlets, I hope to enhance enthusiasm towards journaling and the Arts as ways of self-healing, sparking motivation, inspiration, communication and understanding...or just a place to start.



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)


Juried/Group Exhibitions

2018, Escondido Arts Partnership Gallery, 50 To Watch, Maria Mingalone

2018, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Village, Women in Art, Lori McBride

2017-18, Negulescu Fine Art, Barrio Logan Arts District, Irina Negulescu

2014-18, Sparks Gallery, Gaslamp San Diego, CA, Sonya Sparks

2016-17, Adelman Fine Art, Little Italy, SD, Nicole & Phylicia Adelman

2016-17, Art on 30th, North Park, CA, Kate Ashton

2017, The Studio Door, 30th Street, San Diego, Patric Stillman

2014-17, La Bodega Gallery, Barrio Logan, CA, Chris Zertuche

2013-17, Front Porch Gallery (3rd Place, the deep breath before the plunge, 2013) Carlsbad, CA, Julie Weaverling

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

2013-14, International Art Exhibition & Gala, Museum of the Living Artist, Balboa Park, CA

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

2012-14, Dia de la Mujer, Casa Familiar’s The Front (Runner Up, caught in the wanderdust, 2013; Third Place, Hazy Grainy Daze, 2012), San Ysidro, CA, Leticia Gomez Franco

2012-14, RAW Natural Born Artists (Visual Artist of the Year, 2013) San Diego & San Francisco

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

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

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




50 To Watch, Presented by The Studio Door, TBD 2018

Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists: Artists, ART, & Story: Southern California, by Karrie Ross, Books 4 & 6, 2016-2017

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



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 & Fall 2011 Issues

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

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



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)