Michele Wille – Made To Encourage

Our small business was started after my husband, Randy, and I reconciled after a 19-year divorce. It was quite a journey with twists and turns that led us home. We learned that our story of restoration resonates and encourages many who hear it, so we decided to tell it through making art pieces out of reclaimed materials, hence the name “Made to Encourage”.

Made to Encourage makes unique abstract landscape pieces out of wood. I design, cut, and paint the scenes and my husband, Randy, makes the frames from old pallet posts. I often use photos of views and vistas from North Carolina, such as Grandfather Mountain, Pilot Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, as inspiration. I also really love designing a scene and playing with color combinations, especially with waves and water tableaus, or sunbursts. My goal is to create something lovely and special; a visual that brings a smile to all who see it.