Biography: Michele Buxton-Barnes

Michele Buxton-Barnes is a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting since childhood.  She was the co-founder and teacher of the art programme at UCSF Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.  She has also worked with the non-profit organisation Arts: A Reason to Survive in San Diego, California and served as Director and Board Member for the Creative Healing Project in San Francisco, California.  Through both organisations she taught art to terminally ill children and children facing challenges in their lives at the children’s hospitals; Ronald McDonald House and Catholic Charities.

Michele has mentored art students who were children of the local winery owners in Nap Valley, California.  She has also taught art and jewellery classes at World Beat Centre and various Community Centres.  In addition, Michele has been producing charity art shows since 2004 and exhibits in galleries in both the US and UK.