My daily painting routine as an artist was interrupted during the pandemic and I felt isolated for a while until I realized I had the chance to form a closer bond with family and friends by painting the faces and spaces I have known so well in a new light. This allowed me to reflect upon my relationships with them as an artist as they became my subjects. I chose brighter colors and patterns than I typically do, as they became an antidote for my sadness and skepticism to the return of a normal life again.
From critical reviews of Michele Liebler’s work: (partial List)
- Art Critic William Zimmer, writing in The New York Times, characterized Liebler’s work by remarking, “looking outwards is something of a leitmotif.”
- Eileen Watkins called Liebler a “soulful painter” who “has a particular gift for giving inanimate objects personalities.” Star Ledger
- Farah Abdessamad, writes in an essay, “In single and group portraits, Liebler paints pensiveness, rest, boredom, worry, and togetherness with an attention to unique qualities. She documents moments, sometimes stolen, for example in reclining portraits that belong to the realm of respite and oneiric escape.”
- CNN/Week In Review, Interview is asked questions about her art and being a
New York City Artist.
- LINEA: Art Journal, Artists Snapshot, Exploring the mind and habits of an artist in twenty-five questions, by Stephanie Cassidy.