Tesa Michaels: Biography

International multiple award winning artist, Tesa Michaels incorporates precious and semi precious stones into her fine art paintings. Creating unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of art, Tesa combines her passion, exceptional technique and innovative vision with stones from all around the world. Her paintings are mixed media; creating three dimensional wonders that encompass her spiritual essence as well as her artistic abilities. Tesa’s paintings need to be experienced in person where one can truly capture the beauty of each piece and the brilliant energy of the stones themselves. Clients continue to tell Tesa that they’ve “Never Seen Anything Like It”.

Art and creativity are deeply rooted in Tesa, a fifth generation artist and third generation fine artist. From a young age she was immersed in a creative atmosphere that offered constant inspiration and a family that nurtured her artistic endeavors. In grammar school she won art contests, painted murals and, at the age of 12, she painted her first oil painting under the instruction of her mom. At age 16, Tesa was accepted into her first national art show.

Tesa attended The Art Institute of Colorado, studying fine art and graphic design. Following college, she worked in the graphic design field as an art and marketing director for a health products company, and in advertising at J. Walter Thompson as an art director working on Ford Motor Company commercials.

Early in her career as a professional artist focusing on oil paintings, Tesa has taught art workshops and classes at The Showcase Art Center and Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado. In Colorado, she studied under Clifford T. Bailey, who helped her develop and fine-tune her oil painting skills and helped her to find her voice as a fine artist. “Clifford has encouraged me and influenced me as an artist and mentor; for that I will be forever grateful, which will forever reflect in my work as an artist.”

She has multiple distinct styles and collections. Her landscapes depict nature, including skies, mountains and seascapes. Her abstract style highlights and enhances the brilliance of the stones with eye-catching and unique compositions. Tesa’s Avant Garde series incorporates unexpected mixed media items that are inspired by the world of haute couture fashion. They encompass a multitude of textures, adding even more depth and dimension to her pieces. Her newest collection incorporates large, semi-precious stones to her paintings to create even larger installation pieces that are grand, elaborate and sculptural works of art.

Tesa Michaels is a gallery represented artist with award winning galleries. She collaborates with the leading purveyor of semi precious stones in the world. Tesa has had the privilege of working with clients from all around the globe. She also creates custom commissions and installations to ensure her clients have the perfect, incredible piece to compliment their unique décor.

"Creativity to me is soulfully combining our imaginations, talents and gifts that reside deep within us, with what we love. As a mixed media artist, my creativity and love for nature is combined seamlessly into art. That is what makes my work so unique! I pour all that I am and all that I love into each piece that I create, which infuses a multitude of layers into each painting."

Artist Accomplishments

Solo Exhibitions

Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA 2021

Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, Sedona, AZ 2019

Adelman Fine Art Gallery, San Diego CA 2017

Hillcrest Reality, San Diego, CA 2013

Horizon Chiropractic, Thornton, CO 2007

Weld Library, Centennial Branch, Greeley, CO 2007

Textures, Greeley, CO 2007

Life Source One, Greeley, CO 2006

Awards and Highlights

American Art Awards; 4th Highest Score Overall, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th (2-tie) Place Sculpture Non-Representational. 5th Place Innovative. 2023

World Art Awards; 3rd, 4th and 6th Place Sculpture Non-Representational. 2023

Art Show International; Talent Award. 2022, 2023

Art Show International; Honorable Mention Award. 2022

American Art Awards; 5th Place Innovative, 1st, 2nd, 5th, Sculpture Non-Representational. 2022

American Art Awards; 4th, 5th Place Innovative, 1st, 1st (Tie), 3rd, 3rd (Tie) Sculpture Non-Representational. 2021

American Art Awards; 1st, 3rd, 5th Place Sculpture- Non Representational, 3rd and 4th Place Innovative, 2020

American Art Awards; 2 Awards Tie; 1st Place “Most Innovative”, 3rd Place “Sculptural Representational”, 5th Place “Impressionism-Landscape”, 2019

Featured Artist in Annual Show, Exposures International Fine Art Gallery, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

Featured Artist for Mission Federal Art Walk, 2018

Directors Highlights Nominee for Raw; Natural Born Artists, San Diego, CA 2013

Spirit of Woman Award; Spirit of Woman Art Show, Greeley, CO 2009

Colorado Institute of Art Traveling Art Show Select Artist, Denver, CO 1998

Best Corporate Identification Award, Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, CO 1998


American and World Art Awards Featured Article, 2023

American Art Awards Winners Reel, 19,20,21,22,23

Shout Out Social Interview, 2020

Redfin, 2021,22,23

Red Rock News, 2019

Red Rock TV, May 2018

Fox 5 TV San Diego, April 2018

KUSI TV San Diego, April 2018

CBS News 8 San Diego, April 2018

Times of San Diego, April 2018

SD Entertainer, April 2018

There San Diego, February 2018

Laguna Beach Art Walk Interview, 2017

The Uncloseted Professor with Nitara Osborn Interview: Transform info the Authentic You, 2017

Creative Expression – Where Crystals and Art Merge Interview with Lori Andrus, 2017

Fort Morgan Times, 2008

Greeley Tribune, January 2007

Group Exhibitions

Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art – Featured Artist Show, Sedona AZ 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Wilde Hotel, Sedona, AZ 2021,22,23

Front Porch Gallery Invitational, Carlsbad, CA, 2019

Mission Federal Art Walk Little Italy- Featured Artist, San Diego, CA 2018

Arabella Hotel, Sedona, AZ 208-23

NTC Art Walk, San Diego, CA 2017

Little Italy Art Walk Adelman Fine Art, San Diego CA 2017, 2018

ASID Show Orange County, Irvine CA 2017

Adelman Fine Art Group Shows, San Diego CA 2015-2018

Laguna Beach Art Walk; Lu Martin Galleries, Laguna Beach CA 2016-19

Front Porch Gallery Annual Juried Exhibition, Carlsbad, CA 2016

Little Italy Art Walk Adelman Fine Art, San Diego CA 2016, 2017

Art SD Complementary Show, San Diego CA 2015, 2016

Adelman Fine Art Trunk Show, San Diego, CA 2014

Creare Gallery; Palm Desert, CA 2014

Kaleidoscope Raw Artist Show, San Diego, CA 2013

Liberty Nights, San Diego, CA 2013-2014

Spirit of Woman Art Show, Greeley, CO 2009

Grape Escape Alumni Art Exhibit, The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO 2007

National Greeley Art Exhibition, Greeley, CO 2007

Call from the Heart Art Show, Greeley, CO 2007

Holly Days, The Showcase, Greeley, CO 2006

Fort Morgan Christmas Bazaar, Fort Morgan, CO 2006

Traveling Art Show; The Art Institute of Colorado, Denver, CO 1996-1998

A.A.U.W. National Art Show, Greeley, CO 1996


Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Graphic Design  The Colorado Institute of Art  Denver, CO 1998

Painted Under the Mentorship of Clifford T. Bailey, Greeley CO 2007-08


Sedona Essentials Magazine Featured Article, Sedona, AZ 2020

Sedona Art Source Magazine, Sedona, AZ 2020-23

Where Guest Book; Arizona, 2018-19

Sedona Film Festival, 2019-22

Luxury Hotel Publication, 2019

Arizona Hotel Guide, 2018-19

Sedona Red Rock News, 2018-23

Western Art and Architecture Magazine, 2018

Sedona Art Source, 2018-23

San Diego Voyager Magazine, 2018, 2020

Arizona Wine Magazine, 2018

Essential Sedona Magazine, 2018,19

Luxury Hotel Properties Guide, 2018

San Diego Union Tribune, 2018

Modern Luxury Magazine, Orange County, November 2017

Where Art Lives, April 2017

San Diego Jewish Journal, June 2015

Pacific Magazine, May 2015

Colorado Online Magazine, February 2007

Art Related Positions

Teaching Various Art Classes: The Showcase Art Center and Aims Community College, Greeley CO 2008-09

Art Director J. Walter Thompson Denver, CO 2001-03

Art and Marketing Director Heritage Health Products Fort Collins, CO 1999-2001


Mixed Media Artist International Member

Society of Mixed Media Artists SoMMA

Raw; Natural Born Artist Member, San Diego, CA

The Art Association of Greeley; 2006-2009

Board Member for the National Art Exhibition in Greeley; 2006-2008

Member of the Emerging Artists Leaders of Colorado; 2006-2008

America for the Arts