Michelle Ball is an Australian contemporary artist known for her paintings based on themes of
history and care for the Australian bush. Working across oil painting, installation and watercolour.
Collaboration has been part of her work and she comments
“I see that we are all small parts of a whole, we adapt and are forever changing, I cannot help but be
influenced by people and places around me and this observation, learning and sharing makes for
an ongoing story.“
At a young age Ball was influenced by her great aunt, a painter, Edith Priscilla King, whose subjects
were landscapes and still life. When Ball lived and worked in New York she studied watercolour
with Robert Schefman and was influenced by the vibrant art scene of the 1980’s. At the Brooklyn
Botanical Gardens she was introduced to painting botanicals.
Most of Ball’s work is linked to her care of the bush and sees her documenting feelings for places in
At present, Ball is painting close to home, on the western foreshores of Pittwater, on Sydney’s northern beaches. Working on local landscapes while continuing to explore and discover new places that provide inspiration and beauty for en plein air oil paintings.