My paintings hover on the edge of abstraction and are more remembered sensations than direct observations of nature.
I strive to create poetic environments with the use of organic shapes and saturated surfaces, establishing vistas with minimal imagery. The reduction of details and unoccupied spaces on the canvas bring the imagery closer to the viewers so they can fall further into the painting, pulling them in through color, form and scale. My landscapes can be seen as architecture, in which exterior spaces are read more as interiors.
Painting is my response to the timeless beauty found in the natural world. Art and nature both rely on impulse; I allow my work to be uninhibited, reaching for what lies beneath the surface. I paint as a personal response to what moves me.
about the artist
Michele D’Ermo was born in Miami Beach, Florida and spent most of her childhood in Washington DC. She now divides her time between her studios in New York City and East Hampton.
D’Ermo is a self-taught artist whose education in art was an organic process that grew out of observation and early childhood experiences traveling throughout Europe. Her paintings continue to reflect these early impressions as she records her observations of the natural world. As an adult, she studied at the Arts Student League and the New York Academy of Arts.
D'Ermo's work has been exhibited widely in museums, art fairs and galleries in New York City and on the East End. She has had solo exhibits at the Peter Marcelle Gallery, Southampton, NY, and the 1stdibs Gallery at the New York Design Center. Her work has been in group shows at Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY; Ashawagh Hall, East Hampton, NY; the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; Elisa Contemporary Arts, New York, NY; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY; and Cheryl Hazen Gallery, New York, NY. D'Ermo often collaborates with interior designers and architects on special projects and commissions and her work is included in many private and public collections.