Running my own business as a graphic designer for the past 10 years gives me extensive creative work experience. In addition to graphic design I’m able to communicate my ideas verbally and in writing, listen to clients needs, understand marketing and advertising, manage and plan project workflows plus I am organized and tech-savvy on a mac. I’m also an illustrator and artist, plus I can take a great photo. You will find some evidence of my skills below and in my portfolio but get the entire picture of who I am and what I can do for you and your company by meeting with me.

curriculum vitae of michelle vella, graphic artist & illustrator 

Work Experience

2005 to Present Realstudio Branding & Design, Founder + CEO, Creative Director + Graphic Designer  Customer: Real Estate Agents

Develop marketing and branding strategies of Multi-Million dollar Real Estate Agents across Canada and the US contributing to their year over year increase in sales.

Design consistent and effective marketing communications for print and web including:

Logo Design    Brand Identity    Stationary    Direct Mail Postcards    Feature Sell Sheets    Web sites    

Presentation Guides    Brochures    Ads    Key Note Presentations    Signage    Social Media Branding remains in the top 2 Google Search for “Real Estate Branding” over the past 6 consecutive years and I achieved this without hiring SEO services.

2008 to Present mavella Branding & Design, Founder + CEO, Creative Director + Graphic Designer  Customer: Small Business

Developed marketing campaigns that directly attributed to an increase in sales for my clients.

Logo Design    Brand Identity    Stationary    Direct Mail Postcards    Feature Sell Sheets    Web sites    

Presentation Guides    Brochures    Ads    Key Note Presentations    Signage    Social Media Branding 

Signage    Packaging    Gift Cards    Advertising    Brochures    Menus    Door Hangers    Textile Patterns

2014 to Present michelle vella art, Artist + Illustrator with a brush on Fashion

Raine Magazine NY 

July 2015 Fashion illustration 4-page feature in their “Innovative People in Fashion” Summer issue

September 2015 Fashion illustration feature in their “Fashion and Style” Fall issue

Satellite Journal NY 

September 2015 Published fashion illustrations in the first book release and online journal

Kara Ross NY 

May 2015 Fashion Illustrations as part of their Mother’s Day social marketing campaign 


Following increased from 40 to 600 in 7 months

Followers include: Editors of WWD, Fashion Editor Condé Nast France, Art Director Madame Air France, Now Toronto Magazine, International Fashion Models, Fashion Bloggers, accredited Fashion Photographers, Stylists, Makeup Artists, Writers (Vogue & Glamour Magazine) 

Art Representation

Artifacts Interiors,1170 Yonge St, Toronto

Juried Art Shows

Dec 2014 - JAN 2015 ARTIFY POP-UP GALLERY SOLO EXHIBIT, Second Cup, Lawrence Park, Toronto

August 2014 Kensington Market Art Fair, Toronto

July 2014 Solo Art Show, Moksa Day Spa, Toronto (non juried)

July 2014 Artist Network, Art Walk North, Toronto

May 2014 Rosedale Art Fair, Toronto

PREVIOUS Work Experience

1998 - 2007 Michelle Vella Photography, Portrait Photographer 

1998 - 2007 Photo Life Magazine, Sales Executive

1995 - 1998 Where Toronto, Sales Executive

1993 - 1995 Motion Works Corp., Director of Marketing, Content Procurement, Liaison with Apple and Microsoft

1991 - 1993 Alias Research Inc., (now AutoDesk) Marketing Specialist


2015 Megan Auman Branding 

2014 Creative Live Social Media Courses

2014 Ann Rea Making Art/Making Money 

1997 Ryerson University Photography l

1990 OCAD (OCA) Graphic Design I

1986 McMaster University, BA, Fine Arts

Software Skills

Adobe Creative Suite CC 2014

(Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat)



OSX Yosemite





MS Office

Artistic Skills

Graphic Design, Illustration, Logo Design, Branding, Textile Patterns,Ad Creative, Photography, Copy Writing, Packaging, Marketing, Typography and Print Production.

Social media Skills

Instagram    @michellevellart 

Twitter    @RealSTUDIOca  and  @michellevellart

Tumblr    Michelle Vella

Facebook    Michelle Vella Art  and   Realstudio Branding & Design

Pinterest    Michelle Vella Art


Entertaining    Cooking    Fitness    Movies    Travel    Fashion


Holiday Helpers, Scott Mission. 

CANFUND 2002-2004 Graphic Designer/Event Photographer

web sites


open minded, organized, clever, motivated, flexible, calm, entrepreneurial, optimistic, kind, happy, social, grateful, focused, smart, stylish, skilled, empathetic, creative