Michele Braniff

Artist Statement

My paintings are whimsical, boldly colourful—slightly mischievous; not married to reality but quite divorced; living happily ever after. Seeking to infuse my paintings with celebration and joy, I use black markers to draw people and urban scenes and then I boldly “colour outside the lines”. I use Japanese tissue papers and paint on the back of the tissue and then the painted paper is fused to the canvas with matte gel medium. Flaunting the rigor of technical rules, I sometimes play with perspective, subject matter and emotional interpretation. My technique and theme may seem as naïve as the pursuit of “happily ever after”; however, I believe that hope and laughter are key to a life and community where people thrive and find joy (even in times of adversity and challenge). My goal is to capture on canvas the illusive power of human resilience. Paintings are mixed media using acrylics, marker and Japanese papers.


Braniff has been drawing, painting and making colourful art since high school. She has received art instruction through informal settings, such as adult art classes and small classes with local Cambridge artists. Braniff’s technique, with marker and Japanese papers, is largely experimental and self-taught. Michele Braniff has had an eclectic working career: lawyer, mediator, adjunct lecturer at University of Waterloo, self-employment coach; she has degrees in law and counselling. She is currently a program manager for the mental health services department of Lutherwood. Braniff’s paintings have been juried to art shows at the Woodstock Art Gallery, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, with showings at Cambridge City Hall, Centre in the Square, The Hub and The Accelerator, and other exhibits in Kitchener/ Waterloo and Cambridge. Her paintings can also be found in many private collections.