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Long Island Artist Focuses on Creating Healing Paintings

Michelle Sakhai, a contemporary abstract expressionist artist based in Long Island City, says she’s been devoting her energies in the studio to create paintings that promote healing and peace in a time of global crisis. In addition to working on these new pieces, she’s continuing to accept commissions and sales inquiries through her email and website.

“I strive to connect with viewers on a deeper level, provoking self-healing and peace through art,” she says. “During these uncertain times, it’s important for us all to stay centered and emotionally connected. One way of promoting such positive feelings and remaining grounded is through art and the ways in which it can bring us together.”

 Sakhai, who exhibits in the United States and internationally, is known for her paintings combining metal leaves and oils. She began her artistic career at a young age, painting landscapes. Her work, which is inspired by her Persian and Japanese roots, gradually became part of collections around the world. Her recent solo exhibitions include The Arcana Series: Interpretations of the Tarot, at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, in Scarsdale, New York; and Eternal, at Palette Gallery, in Tokyo. In February she released a new book, Awakening: The Paintings of Michelle Sakhai.

 “My paintings reference the teachings of Transformative Art,” Sakhai says. “With a focus on light and energy, each spontaneous stroke serves as a vehicle for healing and channeling peace.” 

For more information, contact studio manager Ari Fouse at [email protected]. To view available paintings or to purchase her book, visit

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