Born in 1978 and originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. Michelle has travelled extensively and draws inspiration for her work wherever she goes. Since 2011, she has resided in Glasgow and consequently, the beautiful landscapes of Scotland have become the focus of her work. Cohen is a self-taught painter and photographer. Her unique mixed media style involves painting directly onto multiple layers of glass
Since moving to Glasgow, Cohen has played an active role in the city’s artistic scene. She directed art and music events in various venues across Glasgow, coordinated the art fusion section of Gibson Street Gala Day, and curated the Marie Curie Art for Care Exhibition. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Cohen founded Art On Scotland, Glasgow’s outdoor design market in Royal Exchange Square. The market has hosted over 1,500 artists in the space of 6 years.
Cohen was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Ladies National Awards for Women in Business in the Not For Profit/Social Enterprise category. She mentors young creatives through The Prince’s Trust and is a Young Enterprise Scotland “Local Hero” and mentor. Cohen has given lectures to students at the Glasgow School of Art, and collaborates with the Creative Entrepreneurs Club to help other creatives develop practical artistic business advice.