MEET THE ARTIST
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A moment of light and color can unveil the beauty of our common, overlooked outdoor surroundings. These scenes challenge and inspire me to create impressionistic paintings where I strive to create a visual escape, capturing the subtleties of colors on an overcast day or the dramatic sunlight on a peaceful vista. Through my paintings, I provide my collectors with a renewed memory of enjoying our great outdoors.
About His Paintings
When painting, it is not the subject that excites him, but rather the bold, transient lighting that defines the shapes, contrast of values, color intensities, and abstract design of the scene. He typically paints in his home studio working from his sketches and digital photos of local parks or countryside. On nice days Michael prefers working in Plein Air where he gets to enjoy the weather and feel the immediacy and rush to complete the painting on site.
Michael paints in a loose and expressive painting style using both brush and painting knife working with a limited palette of only 6 colors, often finishing the painting in five or less short painting sessions. When painting he starts with a charcoal outline of basic design, then does a monochromatic underpainting. Once dry, Michael then blocks in the basic colors focusing on the values and color intensities for the desired effect. He then completes the painting with multiple iterations of refinement in detail and color.