Michael is an active outdoor oil painter, preferring the great outdoors for his perfect studio. A native of Monterey County, celebrating the beauty of central California is the theme and the goal of his work. Favorite subjects are the rugged cliffs and waters of Big Sur, Pt.Lobos and Carmel, the Spanish legacy of Mission architecture, and the golden hills and inland valleys made famous by Steinbeck.
Capturing an arresting moment in nature and sharing it with the viewer is the plan behind each piece. The rich and varied local landscape provides the inspiration that motivates him to take on the challenge of getting the majority of the painting on canvas in the few short hours before the light changes. Mostly self-taught, he started as a printmaker honing his drawing skills which has served him well as a painter. He greatly admires the art and artistry of John Singer Sargent, Guy Rose, Edgar Payne among others and tries not to overwork a painting keeping in mind the Asian philosophy which states that when faced with one stroke too many or one stroke too few…err on the side of too few.
He regularly exhibits in juried shows where he has garnered awards in several competitions.