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"I don't like to be labelled or asked to categorize my work. My work is always ever changing. My work has been classified as outsider art, folk art, abstract art, expressionistic and even pop art! It is what it is.. it changes from day to day. If I'm forced to put myself in to an 'ISM' than my ism of choice is RAW-ISM."
Michel Leah Keck


American abstract artist American Expressionist Artist


the raw artist



Michel Leah Keck - Artist Information



Artist Statement
"I'm a living artist making a six figure income doing what I was born to do.. create. I'm blessed! If I have to promote myself so I can do what I love full-time, as opposed to joining the rat race.. working a job that sucks the life out of me and creating whenever I can 'find time'.. well, then, I find absolutely no shame in that. I'm not opposed to non-vanity art gallery representation. However, I find it utterly foolish for an artist to submit to 'starving artist' status for fear that their self-promotion, especially in regards to eBay, is ruining some future chance they may have of eminent gallery representation."

Artist Biography
Michel Leah, a.k.a. The Raw Artist®, is a self-taught, outsider artist from the midwest. While Michel has been creating art in various forms throughout her life it was not until 2003, after having reversed several serious health conditions, that she started creating her art on a full-time basis.

Michel's brush name, The Raw Artist®, holds two meanings. Her trademarked nickname pertains, in most part, to her raw food lifestyle; the lifestyle that she attributes to saving her life. But her alias, The Raw Artist®, has a second meaning as well. It also refers to the very nature of Michel's art. Michel has had no formal art training. Michel is a self taught artist that marches solely to the beat of her own drum.


In June 2003 Michel started selling her works online via her web site and through eBay's self-representing artist's category. In under a years time Michel became an eBay Gold Powerseller ($10,000+) monthly. In under two years time Michel achieved Platinum Powerseller ($25,000+ mo) on eBay with the sales of her artwork. Through the international exposure of eBay, The Raw Artist's works are included in over 700 hundred private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Chile, London, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Greece, Norway, Malta, and other European countries.






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