In high school and later in college, he refined his photographic skills concentrating on photo-journalistic pursuits. Concurrently, Michael taught himself to paint using conventional oils and acrylics.
As an undergraduate marine biology major at the University of Miami , Michael's publications advisor, Wilson Hicks (the legendary Executive Editor of Life Magazine and the Associated Press) said “Michael combines the discipline of science with the talents of an artist-humanist.”
Years of graduate school, a Ph.D Candidacy in Instructional Design from Indiana University, career success in corporate marketing and later in graphic design still left Michael with the ever-present urge to return to his roots; the creative aspects of photography and painting. But the mess, hassle and hazards of turpentine and darkroom chemicals drove him away from both mediums, until the advent of the digital world of fast computers and shoot and print capabilities.
Now he found himself concentrating on the artistic side of the medium and somewhere along the way, he discovered that it was color that really turned him on. With the digital camera and computer he could now control the medium and end up with a print that looked even more brilliant and spectacular than the original scene. He also discovered that there were software programs and equipment that would allow him to manipulate the original image and turn it into a work of art that looked more like a painting, than a photograph.
His present work is an amalgam, a marriage if you will, combining many years of photographic discipline and conventional art with the artistic creativity of digital photo manipulation.
In the world of art collecting, his work represents a unique opportunity, for although the medium is new, his artistic talent runs deep and long.