Michaela Jean Upp is a California artist and mother living and working out of San Diego, CA. Michaela Jean graduated with a B.A. in Art History at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, and participated in 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.


My work is inspired by history, the aged and the memory of times passed. My technique is a layering of mixed medias, of which I am constantly switching between painting and drawing. In a way, I am painting with pens and drawing with paint. By utilizing animated lines, bright colors and the occasional contemporary detail my illustrative composition makes relevant the outdated and sprightly the seasoned. 

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 // Feburary 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