Michèle Stapley’s childhood home in Summit, New Jersey, was filled with beautiful art books, classical music and lively conversation.  These formative experiences are evident in her paintings which are primarily concerned with moments of human drama set in locations she herself treasures – museums, concert halls, restaurants, churches – places of communal gatherings, unique light and wonderful architectural forms.


Michèle is a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, and her works are in collections from coast to coast and in Canada, Japan, Europe and Australia.  Corporate collectors include Giant Industries, The Mayo Clinic, the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and the Lincoln National Insurance Company.



Michèle received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and later studied for three years with the well-known portrait painter and illustrator, Paul C. Burns.  She also studied figure painting at the graduate level at Arizona State University, and continued her studies at the Scottsdale Artists School, The Fechin Institute in Taos, and the Verrocchio Art Center in Siena, Italy.



In Arizona, Michèle has exhibited widely with the Arizona Artists Guild, the Glendale Art Show, and the Scottsdale Artists School ‘Best and Brightest’. For eight years, 1993-2001, she exhibited at the Celebration of Fine Art Show in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition, she has exhibited nationally, and she has mounted several solo invitational exhibitions.  These include but are not limited to:

2000 Howard/Manville Gallery, Kirkland WA

1999 Grossmont College, Grossmont CA

1996-1999 Joyce Robins Gallery, Santa Fe, annual individual shows

1997 Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club – with award

1997 American Artists Professional League

1997 Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix

1994 Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY



Southwest Art, Featured Artist, March 2000

Southwest Art, Editorial Image, November 1997, July 1999

Santa Fean magazine, COVER IMAGE, May 1996

Santa Fean magazine, editorial image, September 1998, July 1999

Pasatiempo (the New Mexican newspaper), editorial write-ups 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999



The Joyce Robbins Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

D. E. Craighead Fine Art, Carmel, California

The Long Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona



My paintings are about light, form and human drama.  Whether at a sunlit cafè or a darkened theater, I delight in the quality of light, the expressiveness of the human figure and the elegant geometry of architectural shapes.