Michelle E. Fillmore American

Michelle E Fillmore is a photorealistic painter based in the Bay Area.  She grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and started taking art classes at UNLV, where she discovered a love for oil painting. Michelle graduated with a BA in Painting and Drawing from UNLV in 2015.


Michelle’s paintings are autobiographical metaphors.  Her work aims to open up a discussion about mental health and point out its inherent stigmas and challenges.  She favors a tightly controlled photorealistic style at odds with the chaotic subject matter; as such, her work embodies beauty in imperfection, suggesting that adversities can ultimately be opportunities to grow.  Each painting is a celebration of a person’s ability to liberate themself from their own prison, as well as the ability to change and transform.