John Brock Art Alcove

September – October 2018
Michele Levin

September and October’s featured artist in the John Brock Art Alcove is Michele Levin, a painter from Tarpon Springs working in oil and acrylics.  She is currently a Professor of Fine Arts at Saint Petersburg College and had an exhibition at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in 2016.  Specializing in representational, expressive, colorful subjects, Levin likes to paint cats, landscapes and flowers best. As subjects she finds them peaceful and graceful; they offer her a meditative retreat from politics and tragedy.

She is inspired by the pull created between the beauty she see in the color, light, and pattern of her living subjects. Painting from life allows her the spontaneity to interact with and represent the soul of what she sees and to connect with herself. She makes initial marks to find the proportion and scale of her subjects and then applies paint loosely, layering hues and values. As her painting progresses, she refines each area, adjusting color relationships and defining details. She challenges herself to realistically represent her subject and remain aware of color interactions, while imbuing the painting with a feeling of looseness, spontaneity and presence in the moment.

Cats in particular are one of Levin’s favorite subjects to draw.  She greatly enjoys the company of cats and takes great pleasure in sharing her expertise and artistry to create personalized pet masterpieces for cat lovers on commission.  She attended Carnegie-Melon University and went on to Syracuse University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.  She obtained her Masters from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

For more information about Michele Levin or to reach out to her about commissions, please visit her website at, e-mail her at, or call her at 727-641-4170.

Image 1: “Innisbrook” Acrylic 8″x10″

Image 2: “Pier 60″ Oil 11″x14”

Image 3: “Spring Fever 2″ Acrylic 30″x40”


The Art Alcove is open Monday through Saturday during library hours at 2330 Nebraska Avenue. For more information, call 727-784-3332, ext. 3018.

If you would like to apply to have your art featured in the John Brock Art Alcove, please fill out our Artist Application.