About the Messy Easel

The Artist

Michelle Brown was born and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia. She started studying oil painting at the age of 10 and continued, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity Western University in Langley (Art concentration and Education minor). Brown has been an active member with the Federation of Canadian Artists for a number of years. Spring 2013 she decided to move to 108 Mile Ranch to spend more time with family, painting and teaching art. November, 2018, Michelle returned to Abbotsford to care for family, resume her career and refocus attention on painting just for the fun of it. 


In 108 Mile Ranch Brown ran The Messy Easel Art Studio, a small studio and teaching space in her home where she provided customized individual and small group instruction in drawing, painting and art history. Relocated to Abbotsford, it is now her “happy place” to create. 


Brown’s medium of choice is acrylic, but also paints with oils. Her subject matter is often landscapes, florals and small objects found while out exploring. Her works reflect a desire to engage the viewer in looking at things from a new perspective, one that takes in the nuances, colours, and details often missed in the busyness of life.