Michelle McIver grew up in the south of New Zealand, and spent most of her childhood with a pencil in hand, drawing.
After initial studies in Fine Art at the Otago School of Art, she went on to Otago University to do her Arts degree in Anthropology, Education and then Japanese.
Five years spent living and working in Japan piqued her interest in the Japanese aesthetic. This country of often extreme contrasts fascinated her, but Michelle found she was most drawn to their practice of mindfulness and appreciation of their surroundings and nature.
Upon returning to New Zealand Michelle taught in secondary schools and now lives in Auckland, where she enjoys painting and printmaking full-time.