I am a Key West Florida artist and recovering addict. It's been now almost two years that I have actually been clean and out from the misery of addiction and homelessness. There was a time when I hobnobbed with other executives on country club golf courses. Those days after some traumatic life occurances transitioned into God awful sickness/addiction and utter penniless poverty to living on the streets and sleeping in fields and other horrible venues for too long. I now have put myself and my life back together as I pursue what maybe I should have been doing all along. But as the old cliche goes "hind site is always 20 - 20. Those that hear my life story tell me I should write a book. Actually I am, but it's a novel , not a bio. Yes I was once atop the mountains and fell all the way down! My days of 6 figure income are long past but that's ok, I'm ok with me now and ok with just creating art! I'v managed to get many pieces onto walls across the globe and that is very pleasing to know. I now live so very differently than back when I was scaling the corporate ladder and because of ALL that I suffered and ALL that I experienced and have seen I'm a more complete soul!
I work in many mediums and genres, specializing in graphite portraiture, but also highly enjoy painting in oils & acrylics. In my latest series "SensuElle", a14 piece black & white oil painting series http://artistmichaeltodd.com/sensuelle-painting-series/ I used the Grumbacher oils over triple gesso coated gallery wrapped canvases, then satin lacquered the paintings after they cured for 5 months.
History has proven my eclectic art to resonate into realism, abstract, impressionism, and expressionism, In the case of this 'SensuElle' series, having done so much in color prior to it I felt Black & White would be a refreshing and also challenging change. As a romantic at heart I thought doing a series in this genre would be a very nice way of celebrating and expressing femininity in a classy way and with tasteful renditions.
As you'll see as well I have added color works here on ArtPal in both acrylic and digital, again in an array of subjects. Please undertsand as well that l entertain commissioned portraits which I do from your emailed photo(s). Just drop me a line on my website or my email address listed here and we can begin the process.
Painting, drawing, and just creating visual works of art is really a metaphysical experience for me. I get lost into it! The zone of lost time and the excitement of how just a few lines or brush strokes develop the image! My character is like this overall. I am one of those people that gets a spiritual high on creating beautiful things. As a retired cabinet maker and furniture designer/builder I'v, over the last 15 years, just shifted my genetic creative juices into another form of art.
These days, if I'm not painting I might be scuba diving, or hiking some new trail in some new land. Yes, an adventurer. I now say stay physically and mentally active! Alive, not simply existing!
Life is so short and I so far have really packed it in, and although at my ripe ol age of 64 lol - I have slowed down some, yet still do and intend to continue to live each day to the fullest. I'm soon to be traveling off again...this time to Belize to paint, dive, explore and open an art school for the underprivileged, especially children. This trip is significant in that I know I'm being spiritually drawn like never before. I'm hoping as well, that I'll finish the novel. Blocked after 350 pages. But I will prevail !! (smile)
So...please visit my website or browse my work here and know that whatever you purchase, part of it will be going to a good cause.
Hope you enjoy my work. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me on my website http://artistmichaeltodd.com/. Call if you want! 305.360.9376
'SensuElle' Series (oils) circa 2017
Digital NUDES (adults only)
Indians painted in Acrylics
Drawings by Michael Todd
Digital Art by Michael Todd