Business of Art Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to our Winner:  Mikaela McLeish

A Filipina Irish American painter, Mikaela’s large-scale oil paintings are constructed from photomontages and personal found photography.  She combines realism with expressionistic brushstrokes that often distort the human figure.  She is fascinated by the sensation of the figure constantly shifting between presence and absence, isolation and connection, individual and society, reality and dream.  Much of her inspiration comes from her own sleep disorder which affects wakefulness, which she reflects in the dreamy quality of her art. Mikaela’s pieces invite the viewer to come along on her very personal journey journey.

Selection of our scholarship honoree was challenging!  The number of applicants surpassed previous records by far! As our 2017 scholarship winner, Mikaela receives invaluable mentoring by the amazing Patric Stillman of The Studio Door, and publicity by our team as well as by San Diego Visual Arts Network.  You will find Mikaela at tent number 721 at Mission Federal ArtWalk.  Be sure to meet her and check out her original paintings.