Currently Michael is a high school teacher of English Literature in Hawaii while also maintaining his life-long passion, painting.
A tumultuous childhood brought inspiration for him to view the world in a different way. Many of his paintings are often seen as being sad with despair, loneliness and worry, yet there is always a sense of hope in every moment captured. Much like his childhood, he seeks to show the viewer that there is a way to find the light in the darkness.
From a very young age, Michael sought to escape into the world that a picture could create. He wanted to create a story that the viewer makes, to bring thought without saying a word, and to say what words can not. Those troubled years from childhood to adulthood led him to a career where he could travel the world, experience different lives and cultures much different than the one he grew up in. He found solidarity through the people he came to recognize as being unique and diverse through every story he heard of their lives. Sharing those stories, those glimpses of other people’s lives, is what truly influences each piece of art that Michael creates. He does not create merely a portrait of a person, he tells a story through their movements, the fall of their hair, the daydream seen in the gaze. All these elements and more come together to create an image that forces the viewer to not only question the situation, but even themselves. He wants them to relate to the story unfolding before them.
He is currently still striving to determine what style that he follows, however he is the first to say that no artist should ever follow a style, nor imitate a style, but to always be their own style! That being said, he is reluctant to admit that he is possibly an impressionist with the love of surrealism and a touch of the absurdist.
Influences, besides the people and world around him, are the many modern artists from pop-culture, propaganda, to street artists. The entire world is an influence!