Michelle Taube completed a degree in Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she specialised in watercolour painting and children’s book illustration. After graduating in 2004 she made the decision to go into teaching and spent the next year on a PGCE course, to qualify as a secondary school teacher of Art and Design. She was then to spend several years teaching in schools and colleges, whilst at the same time producing and selling her work. Michelle became best known for her watercolour paintings of Hale Village, depicting scenes of local shops and people, using her well-recognised ‘washy style’. It was whilst doing these paintings that she won IJAYA Young Artist of the Year in 2007, giving her the opportunity to exhibit at Christies’s auction House in London.