Michael started painting while attending a program at United Cerebral Palsy in 2010 at age 14. From there he added a home studio his parents Chris and Michelle made for him so he could paint at home. At Gamble Montessori High School Michael did ceramics and painting at the Cincinnati Arts and Technology Center at Longworth Hall. After graduating high school he joined Visionaries and Voices in Northside where he is one of the studio artists there, and expanded his art into fabrics. Now, Michael has his own studio space at the 510 Gallery at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Many people ask if Michael’s art is all his own. Yes, every brush stroke is his own, every part of the creative process is his own.
In Michael’s words,
“I like to make art, it is fun for me. When I graduated from high school I tried a lot of job programs, but I didn’t want spend my day in workshops. I told my parents I want to make art. When someone buys a piece of my art it makes me feel good. I think about where they will hang it, and I want people to look at it and feel happy.
My goal is to support myself with my art. When I think about what I want to paint, I think of the Cincinnati parks and trails where I ride my bike. I also think about the ocean, and the gardens I have worked in. Sometimes I paint characters from my favorite shows like “old school” Sesame Street. I usually listen to music while I paint, and I really like being in my studio at the Pendleton Art Center. It is quiet, and I like to be around the other artists.
Thank you for visiting my website, and I hope you will come visit and see (and buy!) my pieces at my studio.”