Born in 1957, Auckland, New Zealand
Michael went to Elam School of Fine Arts to be a painter and left a product designer. However after a successful design career in 2010 he decided to return to his passion for painting.
The two mediums that Michael enjoys painting in most are pastel and acrylic, as they both suit his photo-realistic style and love of detail.
Journeys along New Zealand's roads provide his inspiration and subjects of interest include: old toys (kiwiana) old weathered sheds, barns, railway carriages, windows and doors, old locks, and farm animals (mainly cows).
Michael has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA.