ART: When Blues Fight the Blues
Charlotte Magazine|June 2020
ART: When Blues Fight the Blues
Dr. Michelle Rivera paints to relieve the strain from an emotionally charged career
DR. MICHELLE RIVERA didn’t know she was a painter until she was almost 40. “I went to a high school in New Jersey that didn’t have a lot of resources,” says Rivera, who’s 53 now. “Our art teacher rolled in a cart with magic markers and construction paper, and that was art class.”

The Harvard- and Duke-trained physician moved to Charlotte with her husband in 1998 so they could both take jobs as radiologists. The couple raised three kids, all competitive rowers, in their Foxcroft home. “It’s nonstop at work, and the days are very long,” Rivera says. “Then I come home and make dinner. I end up falling asleep on the couch.”

She remembers the day she told her husband she felt she could paint.


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June 2020