Michelle Johnson Fairchild, from the North Carolina coast, has an artist’s heart and love for color. An award-winning artist, published illustrator, and painter with a passion for life, she is also a survivor of domestic violence. Fairchild survived an attempt to end her life as well as the butchering of nearly 100 paintings. Following her entire life’s work as an artist being destroyed in an act of violence, she began using her art and story to educate and empower victims. The hope found in her survivor’s story has been instrumental in helping others escape violent relationships and find healing through artwork. The courage and strength she found through painting is reflected in each colorful canvas.