Michelle Heron (b.1980) is an urban landscape painter from England now living in central Italy. Working in acrylic she is known primarily for her paintings that immortalise the many threatened independent shops that make our high streets what they are.
She earned a degree in Fine Art in 2002 and recently moved her practice from London to rural Italy where she paints full time in a 15th Century restored farmhouse overlooking the Apennine Mountains. Her work is heavily influenced by Edward Hopper and George Shaw for their sensitive use of colour and light and the way their paintings capture the mood and feelings of everyday scenes.
Michelle’s work has been shortlisted for The Jackson’s Painting Prize (2020), The Lynn Painter-Stainers' Prize (2016), the 157th Society of Women Artists Annual Open Exhibition (2018), The National Open Art Competition (2016), The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2017) and was a heat finalist on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018. Michelle has twice been a finalist for The John Ruskin Prize (2016 & 2019).