At the start of her successful career she focused on the Englishman’s best friend: his dog. But a chance commission led to her painting a more exotic animal : Marzuq and Kamal two male cheetah brothers which – to the consternation of some visitors – have the freedom of his Dubai palace. Captivated by their languid grace, Michelle realised that she had found a new focus for her prodigious talent. The power and energy of her renowned cheetah drawings pay tribute to the time she spends in Africa, studying the behaviour, movement and habitat of these graceful big cats.
. Her portrayals of these people – in oil and charcoal – bear witness to her keen observation and sympathetic touch. The sense of adventure that drives her on brings a strength and immediacy to her work