Instead of college, however, the young artist joined the United States Marine Corps, continuing a tradition started by his father many years before. While overseas, the young Marine was given the opportunity to display his art and made his first real sale as an artist. He had done charity work for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), was commissioned for various works and had his works presented as mementos to Major Generals on down throughout his 20 year career in the United States Marine Corp. Living in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Barbara, Michael’s love for art has resurfaced. He continues to work full-time for HP while setting aside time each week for painting, drawing and research for his next piece of art. Although, his wife is usually a step ahead in identifying his next piece of artwork. Michael was accepted and currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University. What started out as a chore with his grandmother has turned into a labor of love and pleasure for him, his family and friends.
2012 Academy of Art University – Masters of Fine Art Program Exhibitions
2015 - STROKES OF GENIUS - Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) Circle Gallery, Juried Competition, Annapolis, MD
Honors and Awards
Member of The Portrait Institute
Academy Art and Frame, Colorado Springs, CO
Artazia Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO
Fine Art America
- 2014 Art Journey Portraits and Figures - The Best of Contemporary Drawing in Graphite, Pastel and Colored Pencil book – ISBN13: 9781440336997, page 118-119.
- 2014 Strokes of Genius 6: Lights and Darks - The Best of Drawing – hardcover book – ISBN13: 9781440330391, page 46-47.
Michelangelo said the great danger is not that our hopes are too high and we will fail to reach them; it is that they are too low and we do. Creating art is a passion that I have grown up with and I continue to strive for excellence in my art. I am inspired by the great artists of the past and try to live up to the quality they have established. As I continue my art education, I am always looking for ways to improve, adjust, modify and change. Creating artwork is a forever-evolving path. I enjoy working in oils and bring life to an empty canvas. The saturation of colors and brush strokes that can be created in oils is amazing. I also work graphite and charcoal. Black and white charcoal drawings bring life to art when color may distract.