Born in New Zealand, Michelle moved to Australia in 1985. She has been working as a professional artist since 1996 and has studied in both Australia and the UK.
She has twice represented Australia at the Inter-Continental Biennale of Small Graphics and has been shortlisted for many major prizes including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, (Highly Commended), The Bendigo Drawing Prize, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, The Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, the Kaaf Art Prize and The Ravenswood Art Prize.
Michelle has illustrated four children’s books, and was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for Best New Illustrator. Her most recent work for Fluke, by Lesley Gibbes was awarded the 2018 Whitley Award for Best Young Children’s Book by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW.