13- SECOND PLACE – A Thousand Beautiful Things by Fernando Micheli


A Thousand Beautiful Things by Fernando Micheli

9” x 12”

Oil on linen panel

Second Place

Minimum bid $500.00

50% Garden Donation



Fernando Micheli, Plein Air Artist
I am a long time resident of Laguna Beach, CA, and a member of LPAPA, AIS, and CAC.
I was born in Fiano, Lucca, Italy, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1955. I grew up in San Francisco and upon completing High School in Watsonville, California, I attended school in Italy for two years. This allowed me the time to reconnect with family there, travel, and earn my Liceo degree in Italian, needed to pursue Art and Architecture there.
I eventually longed to return to the U.S. and obtained a B. A. in Landscape Architecture at U. C. Berkeley, College of Environmental Designs in 1977. I was licensed and practiced Landscape Architecture and Urban Design for 37 years and was responsible for the design of many high profile projects until my retirement in 2014.
In June of 2014, I made a life-changing decision to pursue my desire to become a painter and artist. I focused on the immediacy of Plein Air painting and Representational art, capturing the beauty of California as well as in my world travels. I love painting Plein Air and consider it an extremely enriching avocation which has turned into a second career that I am very passionate about.

I am particularly proud of mentoring grade school students locally through the LPAPA Plein Air Project, headed by Jeff Sewell throughout the year. This last year we mentored local school children in the joy of painting Plein Air. I teach indoor classes at the Sawdust Festival and have Plein classes with local adult students as well.

Professional Affiliations:
LPAPA, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association
AIS, American Impressionist Society
CAC, California Art Club

Recent Exhibitors and Juried Shows:
“Six Inch Squared”, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa CA, 2015
“A New York Moment”, ARTISTA Collective, New York, NY, 2015
“Holiday 3 Day Pop Up Show”, ARTISTA Collective, Denver CO, 2015
“Six Inch Squared Show”, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa CA, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019
“Small on the Wall for Fall”, California Art Club, 2018

LPAPA Juried SHows:
Forest & Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
“Van Gogh Inspiration”, 2015
“Romance of the Landscape” 2015
“Welcome to Spring”, 2015
“Birds, Bees & Botanicals”, 2017
“13th Annual Best of Plein Air”, 2017
“California, The Golden State”, 2017
“City Hall Cultural Exhibition, Plein Air Project”, 2017
“Town & Country”, 2018