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Michelle Lubin

MDFERRERA

I have been creating art since childhood. Encouraged early by my (late) Artist Father, Richard Ferrera, I picked up my love of wood being his little assistant on home projects and his own art . Drawing became an outlet after his passing that developed while earning my Bachelors Degree in Fine Art at Montclair State University (NJ). During and after college I strived to work in various creative fields; Photography (school, wedding, and portrait), graphic design,  custom mural painting, graphic design, marketing/advertising, all providing education, experience, and the tools necessary to take my art to the next step.  I took creating art from dream to full-time reality to Southern California in 2010.    

The San Diego art community welcomed my art with open arms, connecting me to local galleries, opportunities, and events. Thumbprint Gallery, the Studio Door and RAW:Natural Born Artists are just a few organizations that were essential to my start. In recent years my fine art series has been juried, exhibited, and awarded on local, national, and international platforms: in print (Artist Talk Magazine and Juniper Rag Magazine, both in 2021); art fairs (2021's Mission Fed ArtWalk Little Italy and 2018's Art San Diego); and as the recipient of the 2020 Business of Art Scholarship. 

As an artist whose work stems from journaling, creating and self-publishing non-fiction books has felt like a natural progression of my art journey and mission. I'm currently working on my seventh self-publication. To preview or purchase my books or the children's book illustrated in 2021, click here.

 

Soon after my family's move to Imperial Beach, we stumbled into a community mural being painted by the Imperial Beach Arts Bureau and made our first paint marks on the Flamingo Trail, Bayshore Bike path. I started painting murals again with IBAB's help. This year I began volunteering with the group and is one of three members to partner with the Library to form an Art Committee. Our first Imperial Beach Art Exhibition at the Library is now on exhibit. IBAB

 

As a female artist and mother to a young girl, I've felt a pull to stay up to date and active with local and state organizations like ArtReachSD and California for the Arts to further advocacy and education of the arts and its very real benefits to our mental health and future as a human in the fast changing world we live in. Through my own art I hope to shine a light on creative outlets that encourage raw and honest, self-introspection and communication. Follow me on instagram for up to date art, works in progress, exhibits, and events @mdferrera