Photography by  Brenda Manookin

                        Photography by Brenda Manookin

I am Michelle Tavares, the artist behind Luna Reef. I studied illustration and design at Utah Valley University. My childhood was spent in sunny southern California, but since then I have lived a nomadic life living in places like Utah, Florida, Oklahoma, Hawaii, New York, and now Georgia, with my husband and two boys.

I have always been as fascinated by science and nature as I am passionate about art. When in high school, I took a test to find out what profession would best suit my interests. The results came back as a tie between artist and biologist. So I weave both my love of art and the intricacies of life together in my art. Natural wonders, whether found in the depths of the ocean, or in the cosmos above, continue to inspire my work.


  • Michelle Tavares