Returning Tide, Summer | Acrylic on Birch Panel | 20" x 20" | 2016


Artist Statement: My work is a dialogue between the wooden surfaces on which I paint and the trees from which those panels were built. By transforming the rounded mass of a tree into flat, rectangular sheets, man imposes control over nature with straight lines and angles. Despite the tree’s new shape, the undulations of what it once was emerge from the boxy surface. The panels are a record of man’s relationship with nature while also highlighting life’s central interconnectedness. The measure of a tree’s growth and the amount of water taken in annually is evident in its concentric circles of wood grain; thus, the history of the landscape is contained within the tree itself.  In my work, I strive to tease out the landscape that is inherently a part of each panel, while expressing the visual contrast and harmony where man-made structures and nature intersect.


Michele Kishita is a Philadelphia-based artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts. Kishita’s paintings are in several private/corporate collections and shown extensively on the East Coast, as well as exhibited internationally at the Sharjah Art Museum in the United Arab Emirates. Kishita received both her BFA and MFA in painting from the University of the Arts and is represented by The Drawing Room Gallery. Her work is available online at