Caren-Marie Michel


BFA Alumni

Major: Painting

Graduation Year: 1978

Artist Statement:

My main interest is color in the landscape. I am inspired by nature and the effects of light, time, season, place and color. My paintings come from frequent walks and travels, bringing my vision and experience to the viewer, most often painting on location. I also am interested in the manmade landscape and have set out to document how our urban landscapes continually change. I see the world as a painting, whether it is the old mill downtown, the fire station, golf course, mountain or beach.


Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Michel is Past President of the Pastel Painters of Maine, past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and past President and current Treasurer of Westbrook Arts & Culture.
Michel earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art in 1978 (now Maine College of Art.) Her work has been selected for juried shows throughout the US and Canada. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery at University of New England, Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery, North Light Gallery and Littlefield Gallery. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images.
In 2008, Michel was commissioned to paint three large landscape paintings for the Mercy Hospital Fore River building’s main lobby in Portland, Maine. Her work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. In 2013, her first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. In 2015 her work was featured in a solo exhibit in Augusta, Maine through the Maine Arts Commission’s Art in the Capitol program