Vivid, raw, and brilliantly bold, the award-winning artist captures the music icon’s relentlessly resilient spirit in the new painting.
A lifelong diabetic, the son of a veteran, and survivor of a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels has inspired millions of fans worldwide to overcome their own obstacles. But the singer/songwriter, creative entrepreneur, and philanthropist’s unbroken mentality is much more than a mindset… For award-winning painter and mixed media artist, Samantha Meserati it was the muse for her latest masterpiece—an abstract portrait of Michaels, aptly-titled “Unbroken.”
Like Michaels, Meserati has blazed her own trail, breaking boundaries and finding unconventional ways to bring bold, visionary, creatives ideas to life. Named Top Artist and Empowered Woman of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her outstanding leadership in and passion for the arts, Meserati’s career has skyrocketed to international acclaim since dedicating herself to her art full-time in 2016. Featured on the cover of TIP (Top Industry Professional) Magazine, Meserati has also been in EPN (Entrepreneurs Professionals Network Magazine) and is a two-time cover artist for Dan’s Papers of The Hamptons.
But her success has not come without its share of struggle— and, like Michaels, resilience in the face of adversity has become a defining theme throughout Meserati’s life, too. Meserati often depicts her battles with depression and the physical traumas she has faced as a young adult in her art— painting has become an outlet for her; a way to channel, release, and find courage in her pain.
“I was thrilled to be able to show Bret the portrait in person,” said Meserati. “He invited us out to his beautiful home in Arizona, and he could not have been more genuine, humble, and kind. Bret is an inspiration not only for his legendary career— but for his spirit, which truly has remained unbroken throughout all of the obstacles he has faced. The portrait is a tribute to that— and I was thrilled to hear that he loved it.”
“Samantha is such a brilliant, talented artist, and I was so honored and absolutely blown away by her portrait,” said Michaels. “Expressive, bold, and fearless— it truly captures the “Unbroken” mentality, and I’m not only moved, but inspired myself, by her work.”
Michaels recently gave fans an exclusive, deeply personal look at all the highs and lows of his underdog journey in his groundbreaking book Auto-Scrap-Ography: Volume 1— and the book played a key role in Meserati’s portrait. In fact, the photo Meserati was inspired to paint is the one on the book’s cover— and she drew inspiration from the stories within, as well to create an artwork that captures Michaels’ unbroken fight behind blue eyes.
Auto-Scrap-Ography, which came out in May and immediately sold out in its first, second, and third printings, included Michaels’ recent personal thoughts as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic as well— showing how the diabetic singer/ songwriter has stayed positive during the quarantine while being in the highest risk category for the terrible virus.
The past six months certainly have been a testament to the unbroken spirit, and Michaels has all the faith in the world that the nation will come back better, stronger, and more resilient than ever before. Because of that faith, Michaels has been committed to investing in our country throughout the pandemic— not only refusing to lay off any of his office staff, but offering them early bonuses this year as well.
Michaels has continued to lead his Life Rocks Foundation, the organization he founded and is dedicated to a myriad of charitable efforts throughout the world, while also launching his Love+Plus Collection to inspire his fans.
For more information about Samantha Meserati, go to www.meseratiart.com
J MIGS Public Relations
Michaels Entertainment Group, Inc.