Born in Richmond, Virginia, Tess Michalik received her BFA from Herron School of Art & design in 2010. Currently an MFA candidate at Northern Illinois University, she anticipates graduation in May. Tess Michalik paints emotional topographic landscapes. They range from the handheld to larger than life canvases. Using a floral motif, she tells stories of fear and anxiety. She illustrates the vulnerable space where one tries to put feelings into words. Her figures sneak in and out of the picture plane nervously revealing and concealing themselves. A consistent expressionism carries throughout Michalik’s work.