About the Artist

About the Artist

Michelle D. Ferrera-Lubin

(home/studio) Imperial Beach, CA     (973) 519-3083     mflife9@gmail.com


I create Original and Custom Figurative Fine Art, drawn freehand with pencil (and sometimes mixed media) on custom built, wood panels. My series of works are based on my emotions, personal experiences and life around me, directly pulled from journal entries I've been filling up since childhood.  

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, vulnerability and individuality. Keeping my tools and medium minimal provides me an environment conducive to creating such personal, intimate moments and poses. The nude figures, whether self-portrait or other, represent the vulnerable process of letting go, in hopes to build self-love that may fuel confidence to openly connect, communicate, share and give.

Nurtured by creative influences and outlets, music and nature, ideas are never in shortage. Moving West in 2011 inspired me to take my art from side job to full-time career. While building on my processes, technique and subject matter; I began to self-publish (a dream since I was a kid) creative non-fiction, self-help, handwritten books for children and adults. Living West has also added a more (and much needed) natural and meditative influence to my already active lifestyle. I created "Moga", a choreographed stretch routine, during a time of depression which helped me find, learn and practice to balance life, Art and now motherhood. I continue to practice moga, sharing any additions or adjustments via social media. "The Art of Moga" is my sixth self-publication, available on video (through YouTube) and is now being woven into the workshops and speaking engagements I offer. In sharing my own personal experiences, whether through my fine art, publications or workshops, I hope to enhance enthusiasm towards creative outlets as ways of self-healing, sparking motivation, inspiration, communication...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, San Diego Contemporary Art Fair - MDFerrera/Booth 533 (Selects Award Recipient), Wyland Center, Del Mar Fairgrounds, RMG Group

2018, The Studio Door/Escondido Arts Partnership Gallery, 50 To Watch, Maria Mingalone

2018, Faculty Exhibition, Athenaeum School of the Arts, Athenaeum Art Center, Dia Basset

2018, Little Italy Artwalk, Live Art Demonstrator hosted by Adelman Fine Art, Little Italy, SD

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

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

2012-13, (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, 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

  Self-Published mdferrera books

2017, the Art of Moga

2013, the Art of the Dark; the Art of Life

2012, Childhood Games

2011, sisterrR; Day Hike


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