"In my paintings
I work to express beauty through the orchestration of two-dimensional
elements shape, value and temperature. I infuse randomness
whenever possible and at every scale. Random is beauty: There
are no ugly clouds."
started his art career in the mid sixties by attending Art Center
College of Design in L.A. After graduating he went to work for
DArcy, McManus, Masius Advertising in New York as an art
director. Next he moved back to the coast where he started and
ran his own ad agency: Fitzpatrick and Walker adv. Drawing and
design were always a large part of Michaels daily activity.
In New York it was drawing storyboards for TV ads by the hundreds.
In California design and illustration were the emphasis.
All this commercial
activity was only a backdrop for Michaels real love
painting. In the early nineties he broke away from the nine to
five and did his fine art in earnest. Painting virtually every
day since. He has many collectors around the world, and shows
in galleries in Napa Valley and Sausalito. He held the prestigious
position as resident painter at Domain Chandon for two years.
in oil in a traditional style allowing him to fully utilize his
classical training. While mostly he paints figurative, still
life and landscape are also very much represented in his
body of work.