Michael was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953. Since childhood, he was expressing himself with color. Many experiences are beyond constructions of words or known images, and Michael has always found that certain things living in his heart and soul are more fully and richly expressed through the language of color and form. In his late teens, he attended the fine arts program at The Society of Arts And Crafts in Detroit, where he focused on drawing and printmaking. At age 19, Michael was hired as an illustrator’s apprentice in a commercial art studio. Even though he found the commercial and industrial atmosphere confining, he learned about professional presentation of artwork. At this time, Michael sold his first piece of artwork in a gallery, where he had placed it an hour previously. That same year, Michael very enthusiastically, yet perhaps naively, wrote to Joan Miró asking to work as his apprentice. The art and aesthetics of Paul Klee, Picasso, Miró, and Zen and Taoist philosophies were his main sources of inspiration.
Michael continued to paint throughout his college days, had showings at a few galleries, and had a one-person show at Thomas Jefferson College. Two years later, he chose the path of becoming an elementary Waldorf school teacher. During the training for this profession, he was introduced to the color theories of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner. Steiner’s indications opened up another level of artistic perception, which he follows to this day.
Michael has been living in North Idaho for the past seventeen years with his wonderful wife. He paints on a daily basis, evolving his expression and aesthetics. This process is not only necessitated by his painting on a regular basis, but also by his personal path of inner development, and the honing of his receptivity to nature.