Michaela Jean Upp is an artist and mother living and working out of San Diego, CA. Michaela Jean graduated with a B.A. in History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, and participated in several studio courses during her undergraduate education. She also attributes much of her artistic training to her artist father, who began teaching her the fundamentals of drawing at a young age. Her work has been exhibited throughout Southern California.



I scribble. I do so with pens, pencil, paint, pastels and more. I scribble because my process is emotive and because it releases tension held inside my anxious brain. I scribble because my work is about remembrance, not accuracy and replication.

Through art I seek the feeling of nostalgia, in which I find solace, by painting and drawing subjects that trigger longingness.  By emphasizing locations and people that relate to former sensory and/or formative experiences I unite my present self with my past. Ultimately,  my whimsical style, that is reminiscent of storybook illustrations, visually combines present impressions with old memories to create fantastical and illimitable imagery.


Bio and CV:

Michaela Jean Upp (neé Moore)

b. 1989, San Diego, CA

BA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley // 2011

"Modernism in France", La Napoule, FR, University of California, Davis // 2009


“Mission Federal Art Walk” // San Diego, CA // April 2019

“La Jolla Art and Wine Festival” // San Diego, CA // October 2018

"Artist in Residence" // NES Artist Residency // Skagaströnd, Iceland // September 2018

“Mission Federal Art Walk” // San Diego, CA // April 2018

"50 to Watch" // The Studio Door // San Diego, CA // March 2018

“Winter Featured Artist” // Gallery at Land’s End // San Diego, CA // November - Present

“La Jolla Art and Wine Festival” // San Diego, CA // October 2017

"Summer in San Diego" // Ashton Gallery // San Diego, CA // June 2017

"OB Pier 50th Anniversary Art Show" // Teeter Gallery // San Diego, CA //June 2016

"ILY...ILY Not" // L.A. Mother Venue // Los Angeles, CA // February 2016

"Boca Art Show" // Greenville, SC // November 2015

"Art at Liberty Station" // San Diego, CA // August 2015

"Art in the Village" // Carlsbad, CA // August 2015

"Hermosa Beach Fine Arts Festival" // Los Angeles, CA //June 2015


Teaching and Curatorial Experience

"The Painter of Provence"// Impressionism and Post Impressionism, University of California, Santa Barbara // Guest Lecturer // Summer 2014

"This Was Tomorrow: London 1956 | Geoffrey Holroyd | Santa Barbara" // Art, Design & Architecture Museum // Co-Curator // January - May 2014


Selected Press

"50 to Watch" // The Studio Door's biennial publication // March 2018

“Holiday Gift Guide” // Rising Tide Society and Honeybook // Winter 2017

“Featured Artist Interview” // KUSI News // October 2017

"The Women's Issue" // Maker's Magazine // Summer 2017

"An Interview with Michaela Jean" // Artist Meets Mother // February 2017

"Pacific Beach Seen in Watercolor with Nostalgia" // SDNews.com // April 2016