Michie Stovall O’Day was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1956. Although exposed throughout her childhood to the folk art of her grandmother, Queena Stovall, and to more classical styles as an adult, Michie did not begin painting until she turned thirty.
In 1996, Michie became deaf from tumors on her acoustic nerves. In 2000, she moved to Maine to devote her life to her art. The subsequent change in her work has been profound. Her landscapes and still life paintings convey a sense of discovery, peace, and unapologetic fascination with the romance and beauty of imperfection.
Michie's paintings are in private collections throughout the United States and in England. She has received numerous private commissions and has been the subject of profiles in various publications.
I grew up in Virginia, revering my grandmother's paintings of the farm life she knew and loved. But I didn't start painting myself until adulthood. At age 43 I moved to Maine, where I found the subjects I wanted and needed to paint - and began to understand why. Just as Queena's paintings reflected the life she knew, my paintings are the story of my life.
Although I am deaf and disabled, I live independently, surround myself with beauty, and have an active and happy life. My paintings are about endurance and grace. They are also about harsh realities and human intervention. Ultimately, I paint the peace I find in my silent world.
Most of my paintings have sold to private collectors, so you will rarely find them in galleries or other public exhibitions. However, new work is always underway and a few on this website are still available.
Serving as my own agent gives me the opportunity to meet many wonderful collectors, and that appreciation goes into each brushstroke while I work. If you are interested in a painting or print, please contact me directly.