Michelle McGrath currently resides in Richmond, VA. She has been a middle school art teacher for the past twenty-four years, and has won several awards for teaching, throughout her career. Since completing her Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies in Studio art at VCU, she has also been maintaining her career as a working artist. Abandoning her long tradition of using realistic imagery, she now embraces a non-representational approach. Her work focuses on strong texture and high contrast color. She is a gallery member and former executive board member of artspace, a non-profit gallery for contemporary arts in Richmond, VA. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the region, and is also in the collections of both Capital One Bank and VCU's Cabell Library.