Michael was born in 1952 in Mankato, MN, and 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. In 2002, after illustrating for 25 years, he left his illustration work behind and became a full time painter in the fine art world and eventually moved out west.
He began to sell his work through several prestigious western galleries, and eventually earned his place in the best Western museum shows and national auctions. Prix de West, the C M Russell Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Scottsdale Art Auction and the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction are some examples.
Michael’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, American Artist, The Artists Magazine. Hundreds of collectors and corporations have his paintings in their permanent collections, as well as The Booth Museum, the James Western Art Museum and the Briscoe Museum. In 2016 he became a member of Cowboy Artists of America.
Michael lives with his wife Valerie in the Coeur d’Alene, ID area. www.cmdudash.com.