Anne Michelsen was born with a crayon clenched in her fist. As soon as her mother found it, she snatched it away – and replaced it with charcoal pencils, kneaded erasers, good quality paintbrushes and watercolors in tubes.
Anne spent the next 18 years putting them to good use, sketching and painting the natural world around her – especially horses. Her mother had to put up first with cave paintings on the walls, and then with unicorns painted on the fridge. Her mother was a good sport.
When Anne grew up, she went to St. Olaf College, where she – naturally – majored in art. After graduating, she exhibted her watercolor and oil paintings and won awards both regionally in the Upper Midwest and nationally.
Anne lives on a small farmstead in central Illinois with her husband, teenage children and two nutzoid dogs.