I was born In Los Angeles, California and have lived in many states between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and also resided in Ontario, Canada. I’m a third generation artist and have been drawing and painting from childhood. Influenced by my mothers technical illustrations and paintings, I’m drawn by both the structured geometric and linear elements of tech design and the organic flow and intuitive movements that happen in abstract painting. I received my BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied graphic design for an additional year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After working many years in graphic design I decided to stay home and raise my two boys. 2013 marked a return to my roots as a fine artist.

My most recent series of paintings attempt to bridge the gap between the dream world and reality. Pulling from an otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of my subconscious. Most often my paintings begin with only a color scheme in mind. At the start of my work I spread paint in an exhilarating period of complete freedom, energy and expression. Moving paint around the canvas, I’m guided only by my gut and instincts – one color guides another, one shape dictates the next. After this initial development the real work begins—the work of tearing down and rebuilding. There is always struggle before the resolution but it is in the act of painting that a narrative emerges and perhaps even some meaning from this mysterious place.

My work has been exhibited in many galleries, publications and acquired in private collections through out the United States and internationally.






email: matraggi@earthlink.net


  1. mike orefice

    I am very impressed….you are extremely talented….PHS’s best kept secret….congratulations on achieving the “Best in Show” honor!

  2. Wow – Thank you, Mike for your very kind words of encouragement.

  3. Although I admit that I have never been a big fan of the abstract, there is something about Michele’s art that takes my breath away. It’s fresh and awe inspiring. She obviously possesses a rare talent, and her “stories on canvas” convey passion. Her paintings are, in a word, amazing. Now that her boys are raised, I am so happy Michele has returned to her art and has chosen to share it with the world. You are graced with incredible talent, Michele. I wish you all the best.

  4. Thank you very much, Melanie.

  5. Patricia

    Wow Michele really great. Although I can’t wait until the next show – will you post here? I feel like the experience of viewing your artwork in person is soooo much bigger than viewing it here!

  6. Thank you so much, Pat. My web site is basically a portfolio place. For upcoming shows and events, click on the plus button at the bottom of the page to see my Twitter and Instagram feed. That’s where I will be posting that information.

  7. Wonderful! Your paintings are so exhilarating. Other words that come to mind: fluidity, flight, inscriptions.

  8. What fun to find another abstract artist whose work is delightful. Playful comes to mind as well. Such exuberance! I love your titles. For me this is the hardest part… when there is no real starting point of imagery, color and mark making can tell so many different stories and the viewer may struggle to find something that means something to them. You seem to be able to name your pieces without being too specific. Leaves me to ponder what I see.

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