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Michele Cassou was born in Marseilles, France, and started to draw and paint when she was five years old. Her childhood was filled with dreams of inventing and creating. She created art by way of every possible method and material available, while innately refusing to engage with traditional structures. At 18 years old, however, she reversed the direction of her work and enrolled in traditional Parisian art classes, hoping to increase her power of expression. This approach threatened to destroy the connection between her work and her feelings. She escaped by joining a free expression studio for children. It was there that she discovered the magical force of spontaneous painting.

She spent more than three years at the studio. By painting freely, with children, away from all traditional rules and concepts about art, she soon understood the amazing life-changing potential of creation. She discovered for herself the basic principles of making art: unrestricted choice and spontaneity. She reached what she calls "the point of no return", which is that point at which creative expression has moved to such a deep level that one cannot imagine living without it.

This discovery immediately led to the desire to share it. Small groups soon gathered in her Paris home, where she transformed her bedroom into a painting studio. She questioned why people did not allow themselves the freedom to create. Through observation and experimentation, she began her lifelong search for the understanding of the creative process and how to share it with others.

As a young woman, Michele moved to Ottawa, Canada, where she continued to paint intensely while teaching her methods of free expression at the university. A few years later she moved to California, named her process the Painting Experience, and began teaching classes and workshops. Her own art progressed intensely. She is now known internationally for her groundbreaking work of using painting as a tool for self-discovery and for exploring the spiritual dimensions of the creative process.

Michele has authored the book Life, Paint and Passion out of her life's work and the thousands of paintings she has painted. Her other books, Point Zero, Creativity Without Limits and Kids Play, Igniting Children's Creativity includes her latest exciting discoveries about painting and creation.

Her videos and DVD chronicle her own painting journey and her unique teaching. By showing her own paintings she describes how she discovered the freedom to paint and how we can all tap into the deeper energies of creation.

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