*C. Michael Dudash

*C. Michael Dudash

Michael was born in 1952 in Mankato, Minnesota. He eventually settled in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he began his full time career as an artist and oil painter in 1977.   Trained in the fine arts, Michael’s decision to begin a career in classic illustration won him a prestigious and national reputation.  After illustrating for 25 years, he felt the need for a change, and he left his illustration work behind in 2002.  Michael became a full time painter in the fine art world and moved out west.  

He began to sell his work through several prestigious western galleries, and eventually earned his place in several museum shows and national auctions.

Michael’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, American Artist Magazine, The Artists’ Magazine and Step By Step Graphics.  Hundreds of collectors and corporations have his paintings in their permanent collections, as well as The Booth Western Art Museum and The Pearce Museum.  He was selected by the C. M. Russell Museum to become a member of the “Russell Skull Society of Artists” in 2014.  A true highlight in Michael’s career was the invitation in October of 2016 to become a member of Cowboy Artists of America. 

Michael lives with his wife Valerie and currently works out of his home and studio in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho area.