Michael is a painter living and working in Austin, Texas. Although he did not pursue art as a professional career it was always a part of my life in some form whether it was building custom furniture or drafting custom home designs as an engineer. His introduction to visual arts was when his mom bought him a set of Grumbacher oil pastels when he was 12 and taking a few painting lessons from a family friend. He still has those pastels along with a whole fishing tackle box of art supplies from childhood. After spending most of his adult professional life as a structural engineer, and raising a family he started to feel the pull to make art a larger part of his life. In 2015 he started taking classes and workshops in painting and drawing and never looked back.
Mike is a believer in constant and never ending improvement, he is a constant experimenter and like to try different techniques and styles. Mike loves the process as much as the final product and thinks the most satisfying part of being a painter is stepping back from a canvas and seeing his vision come to life.
Although I dabble in many subjects my inspiration comes mainly from sea life and the ocean. I am a certified scuba diver and I always had a fascination with the alien like creatures in the ocean. I originally went to college to become a Marine Biologist. I also grew up fishing and hanging out on the Texas beaches and I love painting the variety of shapes and vivid colors that abound.
I paint in a traditional realistic style using oil and acrylics. My goal is to transform the viewer to a part of the world that most never see in real life. It is said that humans know more about outer space than we do about our own oceans and what we do know is fascinatingly alien and beautiful to me. I want to make this accessible to all through my paintings.
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