Michelle says: I am an avid skydiver, artist, and nature enthusiast. I started skydiving in the spring of 2008. Shortly there after, I remember acquiring a strong desire to claim a piece of the sky for myself, to remind me of her beauty in her absence. If you love the ocean, she will give you one of her shells. Love the forest and he will lend you one of his branches. But love the sky and you are left empty handed? It seemed so unfair. Feverishly, I tried to think of a way to bottle a cloud or color the wind. That's when I realized that I may not be able to color the wind, but I can give the wind something to color with.
On July 9th 2013 the first painting by the sky was captured. Created during freefall skydives, this artwork is crafted entirely above ground, in the sky, and is untouched by human hand. While in freefall or under canopy, I release paints into the wind towards canvas or cloth to create stunning images that are literally painted by the sky. After they dry, these captured images are completed with their conception information. This information provides owners with a brief description of the sky's conditions at the time the piece was jumped, the amount of sky captured (meaning the total amount of free fall time for the piece), and the initials of the aircraft pilot who flew the load. This certifies the piece's authenticity.
As the facilitator, I get discretion in choosing the color or type of median used. But the artwork's design and final image is entirely up to the winds that paint them. I often have to remind myself that the real artist is not me, but rather the sky. It is rare that she gives me any one piece that looks quite like another. They are each unique and, like us, can never be duplicated.