Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a life long resident. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Michel is a Past President of the Pastel Painters of Maine, past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists and President 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 all over the country. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery at the University of New England, Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery and The Jameson Gallery. Michael’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 maine 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.
Michel is represented by North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. She is also member of the Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook, Maine.