About Picture Pen
Picture Pen aims to create images that connect with people. From fine art pieces to portraits, each photograph should have purpose and meaning.
Previously known as PhoneixTail Studios, the studio was re-branded over the Winter of 2015 to become Picture Pen Photography; a name that better fit my desire to share stories through my work.
Currently, I attend three to seven art venues in Portland and its outlying areas each year and specialize in black and white photographic art and portraiture.
Picture Pen's History
While the name Picture Pen Photography is new as of 2015, I have been attending local art shows and hanging my work in local businesses in Portland's outlying areas for the past seven years.
2008-2016 Gresham Art Walk (Now the Gresham Arts Festival)
2008-2014 Columbia Gorge Art Festival
2009-2014 Day in Damascus
2010-2016 St. Aloysius Annual Bazaar
2013, 2014 Sandy Mountain Festival
2013, 2014 Strawberry Short Course
2016 Estacada Summer Celebration
My work has also been on display in the past at three local business and was accepted into Gresham City Hall's 2015 Black and White Show.
Currently several pieces are on private display in Rockaway Beach, OR.
My name is Michelle,
I began shooting on film with Pentax K1000 at the age of fourteen via the 4H Program. When that particular program was discontinued a year later, I pursued photography on my own, always with a focus on still life. Though, my passion became less of a priority as school and new job opportunities took up more and more time.
In 2007, however, I was gifted with a new camera, to replace my old Pentax, now dead from years of heavy use. Immediately, I was shooting every moment I was able and was soon offering portrait work and submitting to local art shows; it was then I knew I wanted to spend my working career behind a camera.
The Fall of 2010 arrived and marked the end of my career as a Barista as I quit my job and began my education in photography at Mt. Hood Community College. A month into my first term, I discovered that I was pregnant with my son. I continued both my camera work and my education until two months before giving birth. Six months after my son was born, I was back to working on both art shows and photography projects.
In 2013 I officially branded my work under the name of PhoenixTail Studios and began attending The Art Institute of Portland a year later. In 2015 I made the decision to re-brand as Picture Pen Photography and also decided to step away from pursuing my BA for a time while homeschooling my son through his early years.
Currently, I continue to work in the freelance photography industry, specializing in both black and white fine art and portraiture. I also shoot products and events for small local businesses in addition to selling some of my imagery in the stock photography market.