Michelle Gagliano has been painting for over 25 years and has shown across the country, including solo exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, California, and New Mexico. Her work is held in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe, including Texas, Amsterdam, London, Beverly Hills, New York, Paris, and Washington, DC. Gagliano was born in Jamestown, NY, and studied painting at North Texas State University with painter Vernon Fisher. She has a degree in painting from Plymouth State University (New Hampshire). She travels frequently between Texas, New York and Virginia.
Michelle's extensive body of work has, for quite a number of years, involved painting scenes of evanescent natural beauty, particularly of landscapes of trees and vines in the foreground with a mysterious light often leading the viewer deep into the painting. Michelle draws much pleasure from the act of painting this work, and imagining the earth as having a radiant spirit just beyond human reach. Other series of her works are inspired by Dante Alighieri's three books of the Divine Comedy: The Purgatorio, Inferno, and Paradiso, with ideas from the Paradiso in fact being a springboard for many of Gagliano's transcendent landscapes