Characterized by playful and thought provoking narratives, Michele Mikesell creates portraits of characters we recognize and identify with. Realistic and stylized faces are placed within loosely interpreted animal shapes and costumes that build a story of dichotomy and metaphor. A comparison and contrasting of human ideas with animal instinct reveals doppelgangers and counterparts within the individual subject. Confronting the audience with direct eye contact, these subjects force a relationship with the viewer and create a sense introspection and nostalgic whimsy through themes of irony, contradiction, humor and tragedy. Mikesell’s work can be found internationally in many private and corporate collections and has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Mikesell studied painting and graphic design at "Texas Women's University" in Denton, Tx for her BFA and completed an MFA at the University of Oklahoma in Norman in 2004. Mikesell’s work has been continuously exhibited throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.