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 in group shows and art fairs throughout Southern California.


What moves me creatively?

Historic buildings, the ocean at night, graveyards and ghost towns, palm trees in the wind. My son's first experiences with nature, and days when the sun is so blinding figures disappear. I'm inspired by the wisdom of grandmothers, the smell of antiques, and home. I'm moved by spaces outliving generations.

Why do I create?

I seek to relive the feeling of nostalgia by painting and drawing subjects that trigger a longingness. And if possible, give the viewer a chance to see what I feel in their presence. Most importantly, I paint to remember and preserve the past in all its forms. 

How do I create? 

I scribble. I scribble with pens, paint, pastels and more. I scribble because my process is emotive. I scribble because that's what my brain activity must look like. I scribble because it's about my memory of the place, not accuracy and replication. I scribble because I want my art to be devoid of time. 

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

"Summer in San Diego" // Ashton Gallery // June 2017
"The Women's Issue" // Maker's Magazine // Summer 2017
"An Interview with Michaela Jean" // Artist Meets Mother // February 2017
"Weekend Wrap Up" // The Zhush // January 2017

"OB Pier 50th Anniversary Art Show" // Teeter Gallery // June 2016
"Pacific Beach Seen in Watercolor with Nostalogia" // SDNews.com // April 2016
"ILY...ILY Not" // L.A. Mother Venue // 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