Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Michelle Vecchio

Michelle Vecchio

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Emerging
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, For-hire services, Leading workshops, Lectures

My work draws from the psychological experience induced by stress. I use paint to explore my internal and external responses caused by cultural pressures for perfectionism. By studying and utilizing two-dimensional design principles in art history such as complementary color theory, the paintings visually evoke the diverse associations of my anxiety. Though stress is a universal psychological experience, the emotional struggle is relative to each individual person. My hope as an artist is that by allowing the viewers into such a vulnerable and intimate view of my person that they can relate to my diverse associations of stress and to the honesty in putting my emotions at the forefront of my work. 


Michelle Colbaugh received her Masters of Fine Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania concentrating in oil painting. She was acting president of the Graduate Art Association at her institution where she organized not only a large group of grads, but also multiple exhibitions and artist talks. During her first year as a Graduate Assistant, she invested in the undertaking of organizing the University Fine Art Collection and installed exhibitions in the University Museum. Michelle also worked as Creative Director of Outreach for the University on a project she organized with the Art Department Chairperson. She has exhibited in many regional Exhibitions including The Latrobe Arts Center where she received the Ned J. Nakles award for excellence in oil painting. Her future goals include a continuing perusal of regional, national, and international juried art exhibitions as a professional artist. 



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221

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  • Drawing
  • Installation
  • Mixed-media
  • Painting


  • Abstract
  • Cartoon
  • Collage
  • Comic
  • Conceptual
  • Cultural
  • Expressionist
  • Figurative
  • Gestural
  • Graffiti
  • Modern
  • Oil Paint
  • Resin