I am an American abstract/expressionist living on the east coast. After working many years in graphic design, I left work to raise my two sons. Now I’m returning to my roots as a fine artist. I received my BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studied graphic design for an additional year at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. My paintings attempt to bridge the gap between my dream world and reality. Pulling from this otherworldly place and using multiple layers of paint and glaze, I hope to bring forth a personal story—a visual stream of (sub)consciousness. 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 instincts – one color influences 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.

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