Michele Rushworth has been a professional artist for over 25 years. She paints official portraits, corporate portraits, government portraits and children's portraits in oils for organizations and families.
“My goal as an artist is to honor the people I paint, to depict them on their very best day. I believe there is no higher art form than the difficult challenge of capturing the human spirit, of conveying something of the inner life and depth of a person’s character on canvas.” —Michele Rushworth
Her commissions include:
Federal Government Portraits
Air Force Chief of Staff, Norton A. Schwartz, Pentagon
United States Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, Washington, D.C.
United States Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen, Washington, D.C.
United States Coast Guard Commandant Robert Papp, Washington, D.C.
President James McNeer, Richard Bland College, of the College of William and Mary, Virginia
President, Wittenberg University, Dr. Mark Erickson
President, Marietta University, Dr. Jean Scott
President Dr. Gerald Wallace, Campbell University, North Carolina
Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
President Dr. Raymond Watts, University of Alabama Medical Center Foundation, Birmingham, Alabama
Chairman, Dr. Merle Salter, Department of Oncology, UAB Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Chairman, Dr. Robert Roth, Department of Oncology, UAB Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama
Doctors Durant, Partridge and Lobuglio, UAB Medical Center Dean Patrick Hetrick, Campbell University Law School, North Carolina Dean Willis Whichard, Campbell University Law School, North Carolina Dean Melissa Essary, Campbell University Law School, North Carolina
President of Board of Trustees, Kent Wunderlich, Memphis University School, Tennessee
Business and CEO Portraits
Chairman and CEO Donald E. Petersen (retired), Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan
CEO Brian J. Harker, Alliance One International, North Carolina
CEO, Sam Poole III, Premier Oil Industries, New Orleans, Louisiana
Director William H. Mashburn, Georgia Power and Light, Atlanta, GA
Partners, David Ward and Troy Smith, Ward and Smith Law Firm, Raleigh, North Carolina
Arts and Sports Portraits
President, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Mark Emmert
Founding Artistic Directors, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, Pacific Northwest Ballet
Conductor and Music Director, Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Major League Baseball player, Edgar Martinez, Seattle Mariners