Toby Michaels began teaching 1st grade at Coleytown School in Westport, CT and later became art teacher in the Weston and Darien, CT elementary schools.
In 1978, she received her Masters Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling, initiating an Art Therapy program for Norwalk Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry where she practiced for 17 years. Michaels later moved on to lead art therapy groups at Silver Hill Hospital. At the same time, she was appointed Adjunct Professor of Art Therapy at Quinnipiac College in Hamden, CT.
Currently an award-winning full-time artist, Michaels is a member of Art/Place Gallery, Women’s Caucus for Art, Westport Arts Center, Fairfield Arts Center, Silvermine Guild of Art, and is represented in the Westport School’s Permanent Art Collection.
Media appearances include Cablevision’s â€œCreative Women Todayâ€ and the award-winning film â€œYears in the Makingâ€, a documentary which celebrates late-life creativity.
Going beyond the limits of logical thinking, my abstract paintings become spiritual and metaphysical adventures, inspiring me to inquire into the â€œunseenâ€, the endless cosmic and universal possibilities that give life to artistic expression.
Making art for me becomes a doorway into Self-Knowledge, allowing for a deep connection to a Higher Source, the basis of all creativity.