Michael lives in the beautiful Cache Valley of northern Utah with his wife, Juanita, and their four children. The surrounding rural communities and setting provide backdrops for his figure paintings and inspiration for his landscapes. Though he paints a variety of subject matter, his first love is painting the figure. "The human figure, in my mind is the most beautiful of all God's creations. So much can be communicated through the tilt of the head, or the gesture of a hand. I strive to capture subtle things such as these in hopes of creating something emotional and moving."
Michael's serious study began under Del Parson at Dixie College where his completed his associate's degree. He then went on to Southern Utah University where he had the opportunity to study with Perry Stewart. Though he feels he will always be a student of painting, he completed his formal education at Utah State University where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree studying under Glen Edwards. "I am grateful to have studied under some great artists. I was so impressed (and still am) with their work as professionals, and their ability and willingness to pass along their knowledge to me. They were very encouraging and optimistic about making a career in art because they themselves were doing it, and doing it well. I still find encouragement and inspiration in seeing their work." Michael also feels fortunate to have studied under other great painters who have had an impact on his own work. These include Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Dan Gerhartz, Quang Ho, Michael Workman, CW Mundy, and Jim Norton. "I have truly been blessed to have had the opportunity to have studied with some of the best living artists today. They have all been so generous with their knowledge and I will forever be grateful for their willingness to share."
Recognition and Awards
- "Artist to Watch."
- The first "21 under 31" article (September 2000, page 117).
- Appeared in "The Feminine Form" article (November 2001, page 130).
- Article in issue of Southwest Art entitled, "Celebrating Simplicity" (September 2002, page 118).
- Included in the Art Talk March 2002 issue (page 22).
- Featured in The Artist's Magazine, instructional article (October 2002). Painting was displayed on the front cover.
- Feature article in Art of the West magazine (Nov/Dec 2004).
Shows and Awards
- Michael has been involved in numerous one man and group shows throughout the country, and has work in collections throughout the country.
- Top 100 finalist in the 1997 "Arts for the Parks" competition.
- Oil painting First Place award, Dixie College Invitational 2001.
- Participant in "The Great American West" show at the Settler's West gallery in Tucson, Arizona from 2000 to the present.
- Recipient of "The Directors Choice" award in the "Artists for the New Century" show at the Bennington Center for the arts in Vermont, September 2002. The painting "Winter Afternoon" has been added to their permanent collection.
- Received first place award in the oil painting category at the 2003 Dixie College Invitational Show.
- Accepted to exhibit in the Sixth International Art Competition and received an award of merit at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City. This piece was also purchased by the museum to become part of their permanent collection.
- Received first place award at the 2003 Spring Salon at the Springville Museum.
- Completed a commission for the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City in 2004/2005.
- Received first place and Viewer's choice award in the oil painting category at the 2006 Dixie College Invitational Show.
- Finalist in the figurative category in the 3rd international ARC Salon Competition, 2006
- Awarded 2nd place in figurative category in the 4th International ARC Salon Competition, 2007
- Winner of the Dixie College purchase prize award, Dixie College Invitaional, 2007