Ave’ Madiol Veneklasen is and artist in love with color and beauty, working primarily as
a painter, but who has a strong love of drawing. She was born in Chicago Illinois where
both of her parents originated. Her father, James Arnold Madiol, is from a long line of
Dutch artists, and the paintings of these masters, as well as his colorful stories, inspired
Ave’ from a very young age.
She grew up in New Buffalo Michigan where she lived with her mothers Italian family, in
the woods near the shores of Lake Michigan. Later she moved to Grand Rapids
Michigan where she completed her education at Grand Valley University with a BFA in
Fine Art. She moved to Jackson Michigan where she and her husband raised their 2
daughters. Ave’s career has spanned 4 decades and during that time she has been
actively creating and exhibiting. She was instrumental in the creation of the Artist Colony
in Jackson which became ART634. She focused primarily on the figure hosting life
drawing sessions weekly in her studio, open to students and professional artists. in the
warmer months, she participated in Plein Air painting with the Jackson Civic Art
Association. She taught Painting at Jackson College as well as hosting many
workshops and events, often in collaboration with artists from other genres, at her
studio, Studio Deeplyart, at ART634 in Jackson Michigan.
Most recently she has relocated to Grass Lake Michigan where she has a studio on
Little Wolf Lake. Inspired by the incredible beauty all around her, the focus of her work
has shifted to primarily landscape, but her love of the feminine figure in is
expressiveness continues. She gives private lessons and hosts exhibits and artists
gatherings, believing that creative collaboration elevates our growth and expands our
awareness of the beauty in and all around us.