Oh butterfly

You flutter away
oh so high

Come a bit closer
I promise I’ll only look,
if you fly nearby …

© 2018 Michelle Kogan




Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer. She grew up on Chicago's South Side, in a small house, and acquired a patch of earth for growing flowers. If there was a critter around her stomping grounds she made note of it. When she was a bit older she made regular trips to all the museums. She studied first at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving a BFA, and went on to receive an MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University. Her desire to draw figures has been on-going, and figures always seemed to be asking her to tell their story. Eventually these interests, figures, flora and fauna all make their way into her art.

Michelle teaches art, and in the summers spends a good amount of time painting plein air in gardens, her own garden, and nature venues in the Chicago area. In addition to art Michelle's always writing poetry–and participates in Poetry Friday–which is an online group of poets that post poems and poem related info weekly. Drop by Michelle's blog: Michelle Kogan: Painting, Illustration, and Writing to read her Poetry Friday posts. She also creates writing and art for children's picture books. A couple other places you can find her are with her nose in a book, and sketching and writing while on a walk.

Send Michelle an email for illustration work; poetry; children's picture book writing and illustration; commissioning or purchasing a painting; taking a class or workshop; or questions about her art. Thanks for taking a look, come back often she's always adding new art and writing!

momentarily tarrying while at the falls,  fave spot of summer!  © Michelle Kogan

tarrying while at the falls, 
fave spot of summer! 
© Michelle Kogan