Defend The Darkroom: Michelle Forsyth

  By Ryley Smith


Defend the Darkroom is back and in this episode, Paulette Michayluk interviews Michelle Forsyth about how Michelle approaches her practice and life. Blown away by the complexity of Michelle’s work and the thoughtfulness she brings to all parts of her art and life, this is a great start to a new year of DTD!

We all give ourselves excuses to not achieve… But do we ever give ourselves reasons to succeed?

Michelle Forsyth is an incredible inspiration for me. She is unstoppable in her studio practice – she supports and encourages a new generation of artists in her teaching practice – she is so positive and enthusiastic about life.

I am blown away by the complexity of her work and the thoughtfulness she brings to all parts of her art and life. It was so amazing to speak with her about her life and how she approaches her practice.

Please visit Michelle’s website to see her current portfolio:

A huge thank you to Alicia Bojkov from the Corkin Gallery ( for suggesting I connect with Michelle!” 

– Paulette Michayluk

To listen to Paulette’s interview with Michelle, click here!


Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.